[rescue] Backups

Geoffrey S. Mendelson gsm at mendelson.com
Wed Jun 15 10:47:23 CDT 2005

On Wed, Jun 15, 2005 at 10:40:02AM -0400, Jeffrey Nonken wrote:
> Speaking of backups. Do any of you know if backups to DVD+R/RW are
> feasable, and reliable? I've made one failed attempt, but it was on a
> cheap DVD writer using some fairly old software.
> Note that this is for a home backup system. Corporate priorities do
> not apply.

Yes. I use GHOST to back up my wife's machine about once every two months.
I try for once a month, but I don't seem to do it. I also backup her
email, documents, desktop, etc to my linux server EVERY DAY at 10am
(when she is at work) using a script I wrote.

I backup the linux server in two ways. My email is rsynced every hour
to a Sun U5 running Solaris 10 that mostly lives as my MP3 server.

When I make major changesto the linux machine, I run a shell script that
backs up everything except things I download for temporary use to a set
of gziped tar files. I then back them up to a DVD using Nero on my
wife's computer.

The linux machine has an old single speed DVD drive on it. I restore
it by booting dead rat 9, install a special version of dead rat 9 that's
on the DVD and easily fits in the swap partition, a trick I learned
from SunOS. Then I untar the real backups. I keep them as gzip files,
as the last dead rat intsall that I had that fits in the swap partition
from a regualr install is 7.1 and it does not recognize bzip2 files.

The MP3's that I have (most are from my CD library) are backed up
by hand using nero when I add enough to make it worth it. I have
around 40 gig. I also have about 14 gig of audiobooks from the internet,
and I also back them up as I need to. 


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