Originally posted by biggiefatts
I am running a server using Mandrake 9 and I am having no luck whatsoever trying to find information about compatible tape backup drives. Can anyone suggest a good tape drive to purchase for this system? I would greatly appreaciate it. Also, what would be a good program to use to do the backups? I am looking to spend as little money as possible as this is for a not for profit organization.
Much will depend on:
How much you have to backup?
How long of a backup window do you have? (i.e., do you need a really fast drive or will a slower -- and cheaper -- one do?)
Does this have to run unattended (i.e., if your media has a low capacity, will there be anyone who can change tapes in the middle of the backup session)?
Tapes drives can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars (US$) to several thousand.
How much of a budget will you have for media? DDS cartridges run maybe US$10/ea in small quantities (last time I looked anyway) to over US$100/ea for SDLT cartridges. Dunno about AIT.
Software can run in the same range as the tape drive (or a lot more if you go with a commercial package that insists on you buying a support contract).
There are some open source project working on backup software (see freshmeat.net
and search for backup. Of course, there's tar and cpio (which the projects you find on freshmeat may very well be using in the background).