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Linux Journal: The Skinny on Backups and Data Recovery, Part 2

Mar 14, 2000, 07:39 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Marcel Gagné)

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"This week, I will go out on a limb and make a gross generalization. If you're ready, here it is. An amazing number of Linux users and admins out there have CD re-recordable drives and no tape drive. You happily burn CDs to make collections of your favourite tunes, but have you thought about using it to create backups of your data?"

"A quick step back. Here's the scoop. There are ways to do backups right, but I want to start from worst-case scenario to best case. Meaning, soon we will be talking about tape drives. Some people out there might argue that "tape drives" sounds like an archaic way to deal with data storage. I'll answer that challenge next week. For now, I'm going to pretend you have a CD-recordable unit on your system, and show you how to use it for backups."

"The question of whether a CD-RW is a good backup choice is sometimes settled in this way. You can afford either a tape drive (sometimes more expensive than the CD-RW) or the tape. When our machines get used for both business and pleasure, as is often the case with home offices, we tend to lean in the direction of "I want both."

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