Backing Up Everything to Removable Disks

Jessie A. Morris jessie at
Mon Feb 25 16:02:38 MST 2013

Bacula also allows for backing up to files or directories. I currently have this set up and life is good. I would give a hearty recommendation to Bacula.
Jessie A. Morris
jessie at

On Monday, February 25, 2013 15:56:23 Tod Hansmann wrote:
> I'm looking at replacing work's current tape backup system.  Currently,
> this is a poblem where we're using tapes of a certain size, and we're
> maxing out that size so it's spilling over to two tapes, which is messing
> up rotations.  Getting bigger tapes in this instance requires upgrading the
> tape system, which is ridiculously expensive.  So, disk storage being cheap
> as all get, and easy to implement (physically anyway), I figured I'd look
> at that direction.
> We have Windows servers and a lot more Linux servers to backup bits from.
> Every piece of software I've looked at sucks, and very few of them want to
> do DAS targets.  DAS would probably make managing the drives for swapping
> out easier, but that's just my opinion.  Not to mention, all the software I
> have found is also rather expensive for managing the copying of files.  I'd
> pay a few hundred for something, but everything I've found either doesn't
> do DAS (online is the new thing, unless you have TBs of data to backup and
> can't do that online) or kills you in all the "agents" licenses they'd need.
> What have you seen that isn't crap and will backup to a local disk I can
> then swap out like a tape?  Also, Amanda is cool, but I can't seem to find
> any docs about DAS as a target.  The enterprise zmanda does, but Amanda
> seems fairly limited.  I might mess with it if someone has better
> experience than my VERY limited exposure.
> (As an aside, seriously, backup software sucks, especially in the restore
> area.  What ever happened to backing up files and then just giving me a
> dialog to choose what files and what timeslice I wanted to restore them
> to?  Why is that so difficult for backup vendors to get?)
> Cheers,
> -Tod Hansmann
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