I been google'n for 2days and cant find a good alternative besides tape drives
why tape drives are so expensive
I tried 7zip, and Windows compress drive "yes my server is LINUX" besides I dont how reliable this methods are
I need something close to 2:1 ratio since I have 3 full HDDs of 350GB and adding 1 more
been looking for HDD compression software? if there is any!, I guess I might end up doing D2D backup, but I want something that scales up when I add more HDDs to my file server
in my research I ended up finding an interesting drive from iomega REV drive you need their drive + the media = $534 for 360GB backup + $164 for every 360GB backup = around $862 (in a review I saw how awful it compresses data thou, so it's not going to reach 90GB compressed this might be not an option) 'if someone has one and tried it tell us if it works"
"the drive can be USB,Firewire,Sata,Pata for about the same price"
3 HHDs of 400GB = $ 880, $18 more expensive but the transfer rate and 50GB extra on ea. makes up for it I think. "not including ex-enclosure"
now for the tape drives:
Tape drive: vs160 around $600 + around $50/ea. media of 160GB compressed need 6 tapes = $300 total of $900. $20 more expensive but scales up nicely since 320GB extra will be $100 more
for the tape drive: SDLT 320 is around $900 + around $55 for media of 320GB compressed = $1'065 ouch!!! but $55 for 320GB
"this is not including scsi controller on tape drives"
But I read that tape drives are more vulnerable to magnetic stuff than HHDs not sure if this is a myth. I wouldn't want to spent that much money to find out later that my backups are not backups anymore ;_;
so what you think guys?
please tell me someone has a magical solution for me