Originally Posted by Gilles
What's with people and the huge HDD? I'm on a shared computer right now, and probably use like 40gb of space. :P
I have about 6 computers in the house, belonging to myself, parents, brothers, etc. We're all on 1 big LAN, and more times than I can count somebody's computer crashed... losing pictures and music and all kinds of school/work projects and on and on.
I ended up doing a bit of research and figured out how to rsync stuff in Ubuntu, which is my primary OS. I also found out how to run a samba network sharing server, which is unusually easy to set up once you get the hang of it. The network shares in Ubuntu are mapped via network drives in my computer in windows XP. So it's pretty easy to back stuff up. CTRL C, CTRL V. Done.
Using this, I utilize the use of 4 hard drives.
500gb - A - my main drive I work off of with XP and Ubuntu.
500gb - B - my secondary drive, which gets all of my data rsync (copied) to for redundancy.
250gb - C - main network share drive. This drive houses everybody's documents, pictures, music, etc they want backed up. It's secured by passwords, so their stuff is safe from one another (meaning mom can't snoop friday night's pictures), etc.
250gb - D - rsynced copy of drive C for redundancy.
So basically, I set up my computer as a SAN and I run a manual mirror script known as rsync. Make sense?