well i thought dd would be the fastes since it simply dumps the whole disk.
i'd imagine that the machine would be under a constant io load so i
thought this migh perform the best.
my hearts not set on dd
On 02/06/05, Niall O Broin <niall at linux.ie> wrote:
> On 2 Jun 2005, at 15:51, James McCarthy wrote:
>> > Im considering buying external USB hard drives for my backup medium,
> > is there any flaw to this medium when compared to tapes, and does the
> > program used to back up(dd) handle well when the file system is in
> > use?
>> Disks are much more fragile than tapes, and using multiple tapes is
> rather more convenient than using multiple disks.
>> But what in God's name are you using dd for? It's OK for duping an
> entire disk, and for various other things, but of the whole panoply of
> Linux tools which can move bits from A to B and hence can be perverted
> into some kind backup tool, dd must be about the worst. Read up on
> Linux backup a little, there are much better options (apart from not
> backing up at all, there can hardly be many worse).
>> Personally, I'd recommend waiting for gbackup to be announced.
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