by lani Thu 10 Jun 2004 15:38:21

just looking for some advice. our lab is looking for an archiving system to insure the safety of our data. we were thinking of something that burns a cd every week that can be taken to someone’s home every week or something, but i just wanted to see if anyone on thraxil had any recommendations.

TAGS: archiving


how much data do you need to backup? is it highly confidential data? what platform(s)? do the machines that need to be backed up have network connections?

anything that involves removable media (CDRs, zip disks, tapes, etc.) is going to require manual intervention. ie, somebody has to remember to actually put in a blank disk and hit a button. in my experience, any backup system requiring manual intervention is doomed to fail. people just will not remember to do it on a regular basis. hard drives are also now significantly cheaper than other media on a per-MB basis.

if the data isn't highly confidential, your best bet is probably to get an account on a server somewhere and set up a script that runs automatically and copies the data to the remote server.

at work, we just took an old PC, put linux on it, installed a 180GB drive, and stuck it under a desk in our other office (which is in a different building than our main servers) and set up a nightly "cron": job that uses "rsync": to backup the primary servers to it.

it's not highly's academics nobody gives a shit. most of the machines will be OS X with a couple PC's but I can't remember what platform (whatever new Dells come with at the moment). all of the computers have network connections i think. the only thing is that some of my data in particular are pretty large. they are all 16-20MB tiff files.

hmm...given what you might be better to look for a server somewhere that will sell us the space. or maybe i can talk to the computer guys downstairs. i don't think i could set that up by myself.


When I worked with Hannaford, we used to auto burn dvd's of the security cameras. The company that put it together is in Penn, but I have a business card somewhere. Even if it's expensive, I bet they can give you some free advice on the best thing for you, though I agree with Anders. This system withheld many DVD's, and had a largd HD as a secondary backup, incase the crew forgot to pop in new DVD's at the end of the week. It would then beep and send winmessages to the desk comps, telling someone to change the discs before the HD got full. Let me know if you want the comp's name, because I can't seem to find the damn card anywhere, but I can always call the distribution center and ask for their info.

thanks for your help. i'm beginning to see that at this point, i don't think we have enough documents to bother with a system that elaborate. it seems like we could really just do it by hand or figure out a solution on our own. that's what undergraduates are for, right?

No problem. Get some pancakes. And syrup. Maple. Maybe some blueberries on top, with some whip cream. I don't care much for blueberries. Strawberries. Yeah, strawberries. Skip the pancakes though... I don't much care for them either. Their taste is monotonous.

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