[mythtv-users] 2 TB Hard Drive Recommendations

Ian Clark mrrooster at gmail.com
Mon Dec 6 16:12:41 UTC 2010

On 6 December 2010 15:57, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> 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.

To be fair most consumer grade HDs are probably appropriate for home
use, even if you use a couple of them.

Tapes are expensive, and have storage requirements beyond what most
home people will bother to do, and the drives require care and
attention beyond what a lot of home machines will receive.

(I used a second hand DDS drive for a while, but the dust eventually
killed it, rendering any backups I had using it redundant, and for a
consumer level backup, expensive to recover if I'd've needed to.)

It all depends on how much you value your data I suppose.

Although this is wandering off topic a bit now, I use Bacula
(www.bacula.org) for my home backups (to another HD I'm afraid), and
although it's a bit of a faf to set up it does work well, and has
saved my bacon a few times. (Mind you I only backup important stuff,
not TV, or any of my media, I trust that to a RAID (which I know isn't
a backup, but should help guard against hardware failures a bit.))

> It's not a backup unless you can make 2 of them, and carry one off site.
Amen to that.




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