hard drive backup solution

August 7, 2005

I have a client that is creating data at a rate of 6GB/mo. The 36/72 GB DAT drive they had in their server didn’t last them long. I decided to replace the tape drive with hard drive backups. After some searching, I came across Granite Digital.

They have a number of affordable hot-swap drive solutions. I went with their single bay external SATA hot-swap case 4802. With a couple of extra trays, some Seagate SATA drives, and a SATA card from Granite Digital, we were ready to roll.

Installation was straightforward and the backups are humming along. All in all, I would recommend this to anyone looking for an alternative to tape. Cost is about the same, but the Seagate drives are warrantied for 5 years (I’m lucky to get 18 months out of my tapes). They also are easily upgradeable down the road if they run out of space. I installed it on a Windows 2003 server, but they say the SATA card (6030) is supported under any recent Linux kernel as well.

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