[mythtv-users] Options for Backing up Myth data

Raymond Wagner raymond at wagnerrp.com
Thu Dec 9 19:43:41 UTC 2010

On 12/9/2010 14:40, Jeff Walther wrote:
>> Date: Thu, 9 Dec 2010 09:27:09 -0700
>> From: Brian Wood<beww at beww.org>
>> On Thursday, December 09, 2010 09:16:59 am Raymond Wagner wrote:
>>> If you intend to back
>>> up your entire, multi-TB collection, there is a time component
>>> involved that you're not considering.  With a hard drive or tape
>>> drive, you tell it to copy, and you come back half a day and several
>>> TB later.  With Bluray, you're going to have to keep coming back
>>> every 20-30 minutes to swap disks, and you have to do that 80+ times
>>> to equal one large hard drive.  My time is just worth more than
>>> that.
>> That same argument would apply to flash drives, since flash units larger
>> than 32GB (or even 16) are prohibitively expensive, and need to be
>> changed as well.
>> The problem with hard drives is once removed from a system they are
>> extremely fragile, as was pointed out earlier.
>> Tape systems are beyond what most consumers want to spend, especially if
>> you include a SCSI controller.
> Some software, such as Retrospect, will automatically continue backing up
> on the next available media when it fills the first piece.   How about
> something like a 4 bay Firewire enclosure with four BR drives in it?
> True, it increases the cost a few hundred dollars, but it is still miles
> cheaper than tape.  And that ameliorates the need to tend the operation
> while it is backing up.  One need stop by to swap media only 1/4 as often.
> An eight bay system would be better, but that would cost $1000+ with
> drives and Firewire/SATA bridges.

Seriously, just buy two hard drives, and bubble wrap them.

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