Originally Posted by AngryLlama
Then we can rephrase the question: Which backup technology do you primarily use?
I suppose the NAS-Lite is primary although it is obviously on another LAN machine, and normal practice is to use the "local machine" backup partition (in some cases) or drive (in other cases) where the initial copy
of the saved file goes.
That local backup partition is ALWAYS FAT-32
, in case the drive has to be pulled and recovery done in a machine that doesn't read reiser (for example, MS Windows, some Unices and OS/2).
I've added some useless (useful?) information about NAS-Lite. Please read on...
It boots off a standard floppy, although the latest version will also run from a CD or a USB plug (if the BIOS supports booting that way). The OS resides in memory once booted, I think 8Mb.
It uses ext-2 as its native filesystem, and reads a maximum of four IDE HDDs (which can be very large - even if you use an older machine whose BIOS does not support them).
My existing backup and archive machine is a quite old IBM PC300GL pre-Aptiva in an Aptiva look-alike case with a Celeron 300MHz processor and two 64Mb RAM modules... it runs comfortably on 64Mb but I built it out to 128Mb so I could use the PCLinuxOS live CD
to run a GUI on it for maintenance when necessary.
The CD drive was left in for that reason. It therefore has only three 80Gb HDDs, rather than four.
If you install larger drives, I found the major issue is the time it takes to check the HDDs when starting up.
In the event of an unclean shutdown (brown-out, black-out, or finger trouble turning the power off on the wrong computer) these 3 80gig drives take a good half hour or more to self-check, before they are available to the LAN... and this may well be influenced by the clock speed and processor on an old machine.
Currently, I'm (slowly) building a second NAS-Lite machine, with some spare 40Gb drives; this is a "real" Aptiva with an AMD K6-2 500 processor. I'll use a similar philosophy with RAM and retaining the CD drive.
Like someone else, I discovered that my music archive takes up a *lot* of space
So also do digital photos and scanned prints.
NAS-Lite is a very inexpensive server because you can use all recycled components for the box; it can be configured as FTP or SMB for extremely simple operation. There is a more recent version out now, than the one I have. Have a look here
and make your own mind up
There isn't any internal security, and that would likely be why it can't be accessed remotely. I'm the only one that uses it, although anyone on the LAN could, with read/write privileges inbuilt. I don't know about execute, haven't tried that.
Feel free to ask any more
Richard in Australia