[kwlug-disc] Offline/offsite archival data storage

Khalid Baheyeldin kb at 2bits.com
Wed Oct 16 12:34:39 EDT 2013

My solution in a nutshell:

Vantec Nextar eSATA dock + 3TB WD green disk.



Buy a pair of drives, do your backup, and take the disk to a drawer where
you work, or leave with a friend/relative.

I use the dump tool for daily level 1 dumps, and weekly level 0 (full)

eSATA is faster than USB, and does not tax the CPU while backup is being
done. Green drives spin down when not in use, so use less power and emit
less heat.

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:20 PM, Colin Mackay <zixiekat at gmail.com> wrote:

> Good afternoon, KWLuggers!
> I have been giving off-site data storage a once over again.  Google
> searches keep pointing me to spending $$$ to upload data to 'the cloud',
> but I really don't want to throw all my family photos and whatnot into the
> cloud and hope something doesn't shut down due to financial or government
> issues (MegaUpload).  Perhaps I'm too much of a control freak to hand my
> precious data to 'the cloud'.
> I don't want to resort to online and want to avoid monthly fees, however a
> small initial investment is alright.  I'm looking at around 200 GB of
> data.  127GB are family pictures and videos.  Damn DSLR' images and 1080p
> videos take up a lot. :D
> So my question to you folks, is what options are there for an offline /
> offsite data store?
> A few thoughts I had were to copy contents to an external HDD, then place
> it somewhere secure, like a safety deposit box (which I already have), but
> how long can I expect the data to last?  USB sticks?  SSD's?  LTO tapes?
> How often are replacements required?
> Another thought just sprung to mind while writing this...  A local WLAN
> (mesh?) network.  You store your stuff, encrypted, at one or more friends
> house over the air.  I wonder if a system like that exists?
> I'd appreciate suggestions, comments, etc...
> P.S. and FYI:
> Currently I have a RAID 1 storage volume (2GB) that rsyncs nightly to an
> external 2GB.  But it's all sitting in my basement.
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