View Full Version : Need help with SD BU Strategy

09-24-2006, 10:09 PM
Read the manual and am trying to determine how to best use my existing hardware to formulate a successful SD backup strategy.

I have a PowerBook connected to an external fw drive, and a workstation with 1 drive for OS and software, plus two large drives for active file serving to the powerbook and backups of all files. I currently have the two large drives setup as mirror RAID, but I'm not sure if that's the best config for an SD backup strategy.

I think I have the PowerBook figured out...just have it BU to the external FW drive daily and to a sparse image on the file server weekly.

The workstation is more complicated as the primary drive is used for work as well as running the LAN file server OS for the two larger drives.

Should I even bother with RAID on the two larger drives or just have SD do scheduled backups from one to the other? I'd like to be able to partition the drives so that I can quickly boot and/or restore the primary drive if necessary, but not sure if I can RAID a partitioned drive?

I know I'm asking a lot from these two drives, but I need them to back up the primary drive, plus each other since they contain both active project files and miscellaneous image and music library files. Plus have enough room left over for the sparse image of the powerbook.

Thanks in advance for any help!

09-25-2006, 09:43 AM
OK. Having a mirrored RAID for critical material is a good idea, but it's not the same as a backup of the drive. (And no, you can't partition it.)

It sounds to me like you're in good shape with the PowerBook, but you need to back up the main workstation drive and RAID, so you need another FW drive that -- partitioned -- will hold a bootable backup and the RAID.

09-25-2006, 11:29 AM
I thought you might say that!

I think i was trying too hard to make it work with what I've got. Another external FW drive would certainly simplify things. Thanks.

09-25-2006, 12:00 PM
Yeah, another drive is cheap, give you even more redundancy (physical, too), and is a good investment. Get a good, Oxford based one!