Christopher Sean Hilton writes: > I run FreeBSD 7.0-STABLE on a file server and until recently used a > Tape Changer for backups. I'm considering my options for a new backup > solution. I'm actually thinking of ditching tape and using an > externally attached USB or Firewire disk drive. > > Has anyone gone this route? If so what was your experience?
I have been using this for at least a year - USB2 connecting to a PATA drive. The protocol dumps a week's worth on one disk: a full and six incremental backups. I have had no problems with reliability. I /do/ have problems with speed. The fast recorded throughput was aroud 3.5 bytes/second; faster than the SCSI-1 DLT it replaces, but nowhere near the 60 mbytes/second of the USB, (Yes, I know it's "theoretical maximum" ... but even if we halve it and then halve is again, we're still factor-of-4 off the actual performance.) This has resisted serious attempts for remedy, Hardware: no-name disks Addonics Saturn drive cartridge system Acer Labs USB2 add-on controller Robert Huff _______________________________________________ firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"