Thanks, Roland. --- Roland Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote:
> On Wed, May 09, 2007 at 06:10:53PM -0700, L Goodwin > wrote: > > Here's another round of dumb questions for ya: > > > > Can USB jump drives be used to back-up a Samba > share? > > If so, what do I need to do to prepare the USB > drive > > to accept files? > > Since I don't really need to compress or encrypt, > I > > was thinking about simply copying the entire > directory > > tree using the cp command, instead of using dump, > tar, > > cpio. > > If you don't want to save multiple versions of the > same tree (from > different dates), you could use rsync. It might be a > lot quicker than cp > because it skips files that haven't changed since > the last backup. > > But unless your collection of files is almost as > large as the USB drive, > I would keep saving backups of different dates (with > tar & gzip) until > you run out of space and have to start deleting > older backups. > > > Will this work, and is it a "good idea"? > > Certainly. > > > The filesystem to be backed up is a single common > UFS > > shared via Samba. All PC users have access to the > same > > set of files (no user-specific directories). The > files > > to be backed up are Word, Excel, PDF, etc. > > > > I don't want to buy the drives until I know if it > will > > work and how to do it. Do I need to UFS format the > > drives? I assume the drive will have to be mounted > > like any other drive... > > Reformatting as UFS seems a good idea. Most drives > come with a FAT32 > filesystem, which has to use large clusters (16 or > 32k) on bigger > drives. This can waste a lot of space if you're > backing up lots of small > files. Have a look at > http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File_Allocation_Table#FAT32 > > Additionally, you'll have to recompile the kernel to > support FAT32 > filesystems >128GB, IIRC. > > Roland > -- > R.F.Smith > http://www.xs4all.nl/~rsmith/ > [plain text _non-HTML_ PGP/GnuPG encrypted/signed > email much appreciated] > pgp: 1A2B 477F 9970 BA3C 2914 B7CE 1277 EFB0 C321 > A725 (KeyID: C321A725) > ____________________________________________________________________________________ Now that's room service! Choose from over 150,000 hotels in 45,000 destinations on Yahoo! Travel to find your fit. http://farechase.yahoo.com/promo-generic-14795097 _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"