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Best way to backup 600GB?
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subego
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Feb 18, 2004, 11:53 AM
 
Well, I got a lotta stuff to backup, and wanted to tap into the MacNN knowledge base.

I figure I need to get some sort of tape drive.

Not loosing everything is obviously my priority, so I guess you could say "robustness" is first on the list of importance. Second would be easy availability of media.

Software recommends would be appreciated as well. I have Retrospect and find it... lacking.

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Feb 18, 2004, 01:48 PM
 

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subego  (op)
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Feb 18, 2004, 04:13 PM
 
Thanks.

I'm still looking for a tape solution I think. I don't need regular access to the data. Just in an emergency.

That is a nice drive though.
     
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Feb 18, 2004, 05:05 PM
 
Is this a one-shot archive? If you have a SuperDrive, I'd back-up to that. While I realize that it would take around 150 DVD-Rs, DVD-Rs can be found for around a U$1 in quantity. Another benefit: the data can be read in any Mac with a DVD drive.

Something like these AIT drives would work. They run from $850-$1200 and each AIT1 tape (holding 33GBs uncompressed--90 compressed) is around $50.

Now, if you plan to implement a tape drive into a weekly back-up scheme, then I'd go for an AIT. But for a one shot archive, DVD-Rs are the way I'd choose.
     
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Feb 19, 2004, 12:21 AM
 
If you dont go with DvD-R then I would do the terabyte drive listed above.

You will spend over $1K either way and why not have a drive that is faster and more easily accessible.



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subego  (op)
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Feb 19, 2004, 11:13 AM
 
Originally posted by forcelite:
If you dont go with DvD-R then I would do the terabyte drive listed above.

You will spend over $1K either way and why not have a drive that is faster and more easily accessible.
[edit: removed my stupidity]

Thanks everyone for your responses!

I may be able to get a deal on a VXA-1 drive. Does anyone have any comments about it vs. the AIT?

[edit: Answering my own question]
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Feb 19, 2004, 11:18 AM
 
I've been using DLT for the last 5 years, and have never had a single problem with them. We recently moved to SDLT, which has a higher capacity. They're expensive, but they work great.
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