[mythtv-users] 2 TB Hard Drive Recommendations

Andre mythtv-list at dinkum.org.uk
Mon Dec 6 16:12:35 UTC 2010

On 6 Dec 2010, at 15:57, Jay Ashworth wrote:

> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Brian Wood" <beww at beww.org>
>> On Monday, December 06, 2010 08:24:22 am Dean Collins wrote:
>>> So what are you using to back up your data?
>>> For me with my thecus it's not tv that's the problem.
>>> I've started to worry about the amount I have to backup
>>> (emails/ppt's/downloads/photos etc - it's all adding up).
>> I'm using DLT tape, but I don't suggest that solution for most home
>> users. I got a "deal" on the drives, and I have a source for media
>> that uses the tapes for just a few passes and tosses them, I convinced them
>> to "toss" them my way.
> If it's not on tape, it's not backed up.  Spinning magnetic storage is
> not a backup.  Consumer-grade spinning optical storage is not a backup.
> It's not a backup unless you can make 2 of them, and carry one off site.

That reminds me it's soon time for me to update my offsite backups over Christmas at my parents place in Scotland :-)

Really should claim the train fare as "offsite backup" costs.

> I've been a system administrator for 25 years; trust me on this.  :-)
>> DLT drives are also SCSI, at least any that I've seen, which most home
>> users don't have any more.
> They all are, yes.
>> Other than more hard drives, I don't know of any really practical home
>> backup solution today. Consumer tape devices have a long and not very
>> pretty history, from the ones that hung on the floppy controller, to
>> the parallel port units, to a very few scsi units. None were really
>> practical in terms of cost or capacity.
> Well, the Fujitsu Eagles weren't too bad, but at 5GB per tape... nah.
>> Consumer computer makers are pushing (fake) RAID these days, which may
>> be why so many people are using it in the wrong way. Except for the
>> online services, I don't see any backup solutions being offered to
>> consumers today. Those online solutions are OK for a lot of home
>> users, but when you start talking about a lot of HD video it's a different
>> story.
> This seems like a good time to link to my piece: "What is the bandwidth
> of a fully laden 747F?"
> http://baylink.pitas.com/#747F
> Cheers,
> -- jra
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