Software Preservation (was: SIMTEL...)

From: Ben Franchuk <>
Date: Fri Apr 5 11:34:57 2002

"Eric J. Korpela" wrote:
> > > I'm becoming convinced that the safest way to preserve software is to
> > > keep it on a live filesystem that's frequently backed up, using at
> > > least one type of relatively modern storage media - or at least on
> > > mylar tape, although that's impractical for large amounts of data (and
> > > impractical for me because I haven't acquired a tape punch/reader
> > > yet). Any thoughts on this?
> >
> > I've already become convinced the only practical way to preserve it is onto
> > live filesystems that are regularly backed up.
> I agree to this. Fortunately the storage capacity of disks is increasing
> rapidly enough that I am able to keep all the files or disk images that I've
> ever had with plenty of room for current software. I currently use manual
> mirroring, since disks are much cheaper than a tape drive. Give it a year
> (or less) and disks will be less expensive than an equivalent tape, much
> less a drive. (DLT tapes are $1/GB or so. Big disks with 5 times the capacity
> are $1.80/GB.) My next semi permanent backup solution will likely be a
> DVD+RW even though that falls far short of the capacity I would desire.
> My next step after that is a hot swappable RAID mirror system, swapping a
> drive a week, with 4 drives in rotation.
> > found one. My idea is to build a Linux box with EIDE RAID setup to mirror a
> > couple BIG EIDE disks (80+ Gigabytes). Then have everything else backup to
> > those disks. I've figured out good ways to backup UNIX (rsync), VMS (BACKUP
> > to an NFS mounted disk should work), and MacOS (Retrospect can backup via
> > FTP). What I've not figured out is a way to backup Windows.
> Windows can mount linux drives via Samba. Just use your favorite windows
> backup program to back up to a file on the linux machine. I currently back
> up two of my windows machines to the third in this manner.
> Eric

But I only have ONE machine with windows. Grrrr
Ben Franchuk - Dawn * 12/24 bit cpu *
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