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alo
May 1, 2005
a mere salesman

Hair Elf

Do you have lots of data and lots of free time? Tape may be in your future.

No seriously, I did this and it actually worked out pretty well. I'd be happy to answer any questions if anyone is seriously considering it.

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alo
May 1, 2005
a mere salesman

Hair Elf

What's really cheap?

I'm on LTO-3 since it's less than 100 dollars per drive (I also have an autoloader sitting around, also cheap). I figure that once LTO-5 prices come down on the used market, I'll transition from 3 to 5 (since it's 2 generations newer).

I'm also running OmniOS, but with fewer drives and VMware instead of hyper-v. My backup software is Bareos (bacula fork). I do daily backups of my local and remote machines, then dump them to tape monthly. Media and everything else gets written to tape whenever.

In addition to tape, I have some really irreplaceable data mirrored at a remote site (zfs snapshots) and an extra copy that I update yearly in a safe.

Definitely not bullet-proof, but my data doesn't rely on 3rd party services and it's in enough locations.

alo
May 1, 2005
a mere salesman

Hair Elf

Shaocaholica posted:

I meant home enthusiasts. Or did that crowd use tapes?

There were consumer-level (IDE) tape drives. Although in the 90's, most people still stored their "work" in physical mediums (film negatives, physical file cabinets full of papers, music on tapes -- sometimes DAT). Everything else fit nicely on floppy disks.

Windows backup supported tape until recently. There were also CD burners at the end of the 90's. Oh and zip disks...

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