For about 3 months now, I’m responsible for the computer network at the small office where my father works. Currently we have all our data on a mirroring RAID setup, but of course that’s not safe enough when considering human error. So I was considering what to buy to backup.
First: tapes. For some reason I don’t trust tapes, and we don’t have to backup terabytes of data. We’re currently talking about 300MB of data, but that will be more in the future of course. I think tapes are to expensive for our goal.
Second: Harddisks. Well, I don’t trust harddisks too. They’re too fragile
Third: Flashmedia. Still way too expensive
Fourth… Well, optical media. Not really expensive, easy to use, long data retention (when using the right brand) and of course some of them are WORM, so they can’t be overwritten
My idea was to buy a Samsung SH-S222A, as all harddisks I use use SATA, I prefer an optical drive using IDE, as I these are unused at the moment. So, my first question is: is this a good burner? As I’ll use it for archival, it should be.
Then, I have the choice of CD-R, DVD+R (DL), DVD-R (DL) and DVD-RAM. I think I’ll use DVD-RAM for complete backup + incrementals every day and a DVD+R at the end of the month. My second question: Do you agree this is a good setup?
Thanks in advance!