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Re: [rdiff-backup-users] external hard disk backups - best practice

From: Chris Wilson
Subject: Re: [rdiff-backup-users] external hard disk backups - best practice
Date: Mon, 17 Mar 2008 21:02:38 +0000 (GMT)

Hi Warren and all,

On Mon, 17 Mar 2008, Warren Guy wrote:

While this won't help you get your data back, perhaps a point that can be made from your unfortunate story is the importance of maintaining more than one set of backups. A second backup set would potentially allow recovery of data in this and other circumstances where recovery from another backup disk fails for whatever reason.

Perhaps others can add other "best practice" tips they have, for the benefit of current and future readers of the list?

I rdiff-backup to two locations, one onsite and one offsite. Even if I lose my onsite backup through some unfortunate accident, I won't lose the offsite one. And it being offsite would discourage me from pulling the disk out and sticking it into the machine to be restored :-)

Note that this would work _much_ better if rdiff-backup was not so inefficient in its use of network bandwidth. It transfers about 1GB of metadata every day over the network, for about 300GB of backed-up files, and takes 4-12 hours to do so.

Cheers, Chris.
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