[kwlug-disc] Offline/offsite archival data storage

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Wed Oct 16 13:13:29 EDT 2013

On Wed, Oct 16, 2013 at 12:34:39PM -0400, Khalid Baheyeldin wrote:
> My solution in a nutshell:
> Vantec Nextar eSATA dock + 3TB WD green disk.

General agreement... but go with USB3 and /not/ WD Green.

Why not WD Green?  -- bad reputation.  I think most dock can spin the
disk down, and OP wants electrically disconnected backup.  So, power is
of minor issue.  It's just bad drive.

Why USB?  -- since OP mentioned "offsite" && "online", you can attach
your USB disk to any network device.  Beaglebone Black or Raspberry Pi
has USB port, but not eSATA.  Also, some el-cheapo NAS doesn't have

> http://www.vantecusa.com/en/product/view_detail/295
> http://www.wdc.com/en/products/products.aspx?id=780
> 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)
> dumps.

I use rsync, because I don't need incremental restore.

> 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.

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