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By p_val ·
Hi, I?ve a server with 118 Gb of data on a RAID5 array with 3 SATA 160GB. The array is divided in two drives, one with the data and the other with incremental backups. Monthly I also do an external backup to an USB Disk.
My problem is that with this amount of data, sometimes the backup fails, either for space either for the time needed or other error.
The software is Windows back-up.

Can you help me on solving this issue?
I don?t know if I should buy more storage, wath kind, other software?

Thanks in advance.


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Different Hardware is my choice

by jdgretz In reply to Backup

It sounds like your problem is not a lack of storage, but a problem with back up times as well as running out of space on the external disk.

Let me say first that unless you are doing image backups (which you are not since you are using NTBACKUP) I would suggest tape.

Tape is fast, reliable and once you get past the initial investment, reasonably cheap. Also keeping a copy off site for disaster recovery is very simple - throw last nights tape in your lunch box and take it home.

You can get a Sony drive, tapes, and software for around $3000. That gives you a drive capable of storing 200Gb of raw data and as much as 560 compressed with a transfer rate of 24Mb/s native and up to 62.4Mb/s compressed.

You don't say if you have an exchange server running as that takes some additional software, but if it's not runing exchange, then the software that sony provides (Veritas) will be fine.

Are you running out of space? You can always increase the size of your array if necessary.


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