[clug] RE: Hard drive wanted [SEC=UNCLASSIFIED]

Michael Still mikal at stillhq.com
Sun Sep 23 18:56:21 GMT 2007

Neil Pickford wrote:
> NEVER rely on a single backup!

And always automate! My backups go a little bit like this:

  - Shell scripts from cron dump the things I am interested in to a USB 
hard disk. They're compressed, gpg encrypted, swizzled, etc.
  - They're then copied to a second USB hard disk
  - Then they're rsynced to a machine in a colo

It works well, and the colo company I am using offers an insane amount 
of disk space for basically no money (200gb at the moment for $7 USD a 
month), so it also doesn't really cost anything. Then again, I have 
unlimited bandwidth, which makes this a bit more achievable:

$ uptime
  11:55:57 up 52 days, 21:10, 17 users,  load average: 6.58, 6.79, 6.97
$ ifconfig eth1
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:50:5B:08:49:80
           inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
           inet6 addr: fe80::250:5bff:fe08:4980/64 Scope:Link
           RX packets:343276521 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
           TX packets:234297169 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
           collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
           RX bytes:439806112048 (409.6 GiB)  TX bytes:46299927968 (43.1 

So, I'm currently uploading around a gig a day.

The only wart I have at the moment is if a shell script has an error (as 
happened with MySQL for the last couple of weeks), I don't noticed 
because I don't read email from cron.


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