Amul Shah on 17 Jul 2010 17:08:31 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] How do you backup your home PC's / Laptops?

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  • Subject: Re: [PLUG] How do you backup your home PC's / Laptops?
  • Date: Sat, 17 Jul 2010 20:08:26 -0400
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Giggle fseventsd.  The people at arstechnica do great reviews of most Mac OS X stuff.
I wonder if inotify will put Linux on par with regards to backup.

Even over GigE the initial backup takes a while.


On Sat, 17 Jul 2010 11:04 -0400, "Walt Mankowski" <> wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 17, 2010 at 09:47:22AM -0400, Amul Shah wrote:
> > On a Mac OS X 10.5+ machines, I use TimeMachine which you can trick
> > into using an Ubuntu server as the remote backup.  Otherwise an
> > attached external FireWire (USB works but is dog slow) is the way to
> > go.  Prior to 10.5, I used CCC (aka Carbon Copy Cloner) which is the
> > equivalent of rsync that makes the backup disk bootable.
> While the transfer is slow, the actual process of deciding what needs
> to be backed up is fast because OSX tracks which files have been added
> or modified.  (I assume this is a feature of HFS+, but a quick google
> didn't turn up anything.)  What this typically means is that the first
> time you run Time Machine it takes hours, but the hourly incremental
> backups that run after that generally only take a minute or two.
> In contrast a backup of an ext3 partition has to recursively look
> through the entire partition each time it runs.  I use rdiff-backup to
> backup about 50 gb to an external usb drive and it takes about 40
> minutes to do an incremental backup.
> Walt
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