Hi all, thanks to all replying. I just spent many hours finding out my bakup strategy was useless (didn't know what I was doing I guess) Now I need to do it properly. Ruben (and others) Can I do the tarring of filesystems in a cron job without being in single user mode? I just followed a mostgraveconcern tute to move to a larger drive and it worked well. Lots of tarring etc BUT...all done in single user mode. I imagine I cant do THAT and reboot etc etc in a cron job. I am going to try Ruben's idea and allay concerns by having a removable 2nd harddrive so I can do this > once to take a drive off site So comments? Is dump easier (for a dill like me) to use or whatever? What say you Thanks Keith
--- Ruben de Groot <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> wrote: > On Wed, Nov 19, 2003 at 09:43:30AM -0500, Lowell > Gilbert typed: > > Keith Spencer <[EMAIL PROTECTED]> writes: > > [...] > > > > a) Throw another drive in the box > > > b) Createthe same or at least minimum size > partitions > > > as the active drive > > > c) Cron job to "dump" or tar or ??? the > partitions > > > > dd(1) is the easiest way to make sure that the > disk will work just > > like the other one. It requires a > same-size-or-larger second disk. > > I consider dd a very lousy backup method. Any writes > to the first disk > while dd is running will likely result in corrupted > filesystems on the > second disk. Performance is bad as well, since dd > will copy every single > bit, not just actual data. > > A better approach would be to follow a) and b) > above, newfs(8) the > partitions, make the second drive bootable using > boot0cfg(8) and then > periodically use dump/restore, tar, pax, cpio or > even rsync to backup > your first to second disk (I've used them all and > can't really > recommend one over the other so suit yourself). > > Ruben > http://personals.yahoo.com.au - Yahoo! Personals New people, new possibilities. FREE for a limited time. _______________________________________________ [EMAIL PROTECTED] mailing list http://lists.freebsd.org/mailman/listinfo/freebsd-questions To unsubscribe, send any mail to "[EMAIL PROTECTED]"