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I've just lost about 40GB of files on my linux server, i'm not too sure what happened at this point but i think samba was hacked, anyway i'd like to make sure something like this doesn't happen again, but looking around the internet; backup hardware seems to be very expensive!

The trouble is the server holds 400GB+, backing that up to CD or even DVD would be a nightmare, is there any other decent way i can do this short of buying 400GB worth of hard disks to keep as backups? (or use RAID) I'm not sure i would like to do that, i'm always short of hard disk space and i'd be tempted to use that!

any ideas appreciated :)
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I hope you managed to recover all the data - 40GB's not small change at all........


DAT/DLT tapes?
Considering the newer 9.4 GB DVD-RWs, DVD-writers could really be an option.
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or you could just stay away from IBM drives :)
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was a maxtor drive, and no i havn't managed to recover the data.

the partition was ext3, which you can't undelete on (it writes 0s to the inode apparently), with ext2 i could undelete, but all i could get was thousands of unnamed files, which would be uselss too!)
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I hope you managed to recover all the data - 40GB's not small change at all........


DAT/DLT tapes?
Considering the newer 9.4 GB DVD-RWs, DVD-writers could really be an option.

still not very practacal for 400GB+, means sitting at the computer changing discs every 10GB, plus the cost for discs would be hugeee!

i think for now i'm gonna use a spare 80GB drive for backing up important directories :/
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With hard drives and DVDs out of the question, looks like tape drives is the only choice you got, and I don't think they come cheap either.

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tis okay i have a plan now, this saturday i plan on winning the lottery.
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haha the lottery. Isn't there a software raid you could use as oppose to a expensive hardware one? 2000 and i think xp have it built in, doesn't linux?
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yeah, it does but i actually have RAID on the bios, it's just a matter of putting in more hard disks to actually use it - but i just can't bring myself to use only half the disk space when i need it so much! blah!

definatly winning this saturday :)
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with r-studio u can recover those files and partition u just lost. if u haven't written anything on them
also I'd go with backup as well. I used it when i was admin 2 years ago in a construction company. (cad files needed backing up everyday)
and i think we had automated it so that it gets all the info from all the computers at night.

one other thing i have in mind is u can backup important changes(user's my document folder or etc) from each individual user to a cd-rw everyday at the end of the day...

aw also as my sig says :) I've started backing up my 120gb hdd as of today i bought 4x dvd+rw's from ritek on my lite-on 811s. each cd takes about 15min with virus scan with nero so it'll be like 6hrs to completion, already wrote 8 of them....pending....

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Isn't there a software raid you could use as oppose to a expensive hardware one? 2000 and i think xp have it built in, doesn't linux?

RedHat 6.0 and Mandrake 7.1 onwards have support for what you mention - provided it is a SCSI drive. Note, though that I haven't seen any distro of linux with non-buggy support for SATA drives (so you know to stay away from one among linux/SATA).

But you'd have been in a better situation if you had /home, /root and /swap mounted on a different disk, and software-RAID'ed each disk portions to the other.
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