External drives

FarSight Data Systems msh at farsight-data.com
Mon Feb 21 06:15:50 UTC 2011

On Sunday 20 February 2011 08:12:59 pm Basil Chupin wrote:
> On 21/02/2011 09:24, Neil Winchurst wrote:
> > I have been told that a good idea for back-ups is to use an external
> > hard drive. Do they all work with Kubuntu and does anyone have any
> > helpful suggestions please? There are so many on the market it is very
> > confusing.
> >
> > TIA
> >
> > Neil
> Using an external for backups is a very good idea.
> But when you are looking for a external make sure that you get one with
> its own power supply; there are some USB externals which use the USB
> itself for power from the computer which then overloads the computer's
> power rail and in fact may not provide enough power to the drive to work
> properly.
> Also, (?)all, almost all, externals come formatted in FAT32. Which is
> fine except that if you want to backup something from Linux which has
> symlink(s) then FAT32 will not accept that symlink. Therefore you will
> need to reformat the drive with with either ext3 or ext4.
> BC
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And one other thing you need to do with the backup.  Store it off site.  
Othewise, if something happens to your office/home where the computer is you're 
likely to lose the backup as well.

I have my clients get two or more external USB hard drives and rotate them 
once a week for weekly backups.

And, they usually have one for monthly backups.


Mark S. Halegua
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