I have a dedicated server for accounts I host. Is there any reason why I can't back up to my PC or personal external hard drive at home? If you reject this idea, what do you suggest for inexpensive backup around 10g?
I can recommend bqbackup. You can get 10GB for $5 there, which can't really be beat (not for the quality, connectivity, and uptime that they have anyway). I've gone from 10GB, to 20GB, to 100+GB over 2+ years and it's been fantastic the entire time. Highly recommended.
Have you asked your current host? Many hosts also offer remote FTP backup solutions, which would be a perfect option for you.
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Host Ultra hits the nail on the head. Backing up is no problem at all, however restoring is when things get bad.
Most xDSL or cable connections are limited to 1Mbit of upstream bandwidth. This means that restoring an 160GB drive will take 350 hours (!!). Thats two weeks. I dont think you want your servers to be offline as long as that, do you?
There is always the option to download the backups on his computer and restore them using an internet cafe that has good upload connection.
For our backups we use a 2nd hard disk (daily backups), bqbackup (weekly backups), a low end dedicated server (daily backups) and a computer connected to a 768kbit dsl in Greece (monthly backups). Having the backups in many locations is a good idea.
I am on the welfare backup plan. My site is around 40gigs. 30 of those gigs being downloadable zip files for a game. I back up those 30gigs directly to my own harddrive whenever theres been enough changes made. The other 10 are the mysql databases, and actual website. I back these up every week on the server and download them all once or twice a month. If I have to restore, the mysql goes up 1st, then the website with large graphics folders going last. This way atleast the site is up and running. Finally, the 30gigs of zips are uploaded. Yeap, its the welfare way to do things!