Spotting a dying HD before it's too late?
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July 10th, 2009, 23:43
I second hishadow's suggestion. You don't even need the 1 GB network; most of the time the bottleneck will be with disk I/O even on a 10/100 one. Look around for any ol' retired minitower and bung it full of disks, then install Ubuntu and BackupPC on it, and Bob's your uncle. (BackupPC works with rsync, which means that only new/changed files will be backed up, which means that network I/O will rarely be a problem.)
The disks do cost money, of course, but less than eventual recovery of your data would. How have you managed to fill 5 TB, by the way? Do you do a lot of video other media stuff?
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