Subject: Re: RAID In general (Re: Hot Swappable IDE Kits)
To: None <>
From: Paulo Alexandre Pinto Pires <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/16/2003 18:15:51
On Wed, Apr 16, 2003 at 01:52:16PM -0700, Greywolf wrote:
> I think you might be missing Caffeinate's point of interest, one which
> I also happen to share.  He's not looking for RAID, as I read it.  He's
> merely asking about hot-swappable IDE.
> I am looking for something similar, actually, not for a RAID pretense
> at all.  Let me offer a clue:
> 	- It's faster than tape or CD/DVD.
> 	- It holds more data than tape or CD/DVD.
> Right.  Backups.
> There are no removable media out there which will hold an entire drive's
> worth of data, given maximal sizes of each.  This has always been a problem,
> and it's more so now given the sizes of disks vs. the sizes of tapes.
> That stated, probably redundantly, I would love to have a hot-swap IDE drive
> solely for this purpose.  A drawer full of 100G drives can be had more
> cheaply than DLT media of comparable capacity.  The properties of a removable
> drive also will insure that, since it won't be on line, I won't be tempted
> to use it for something else.

What about USB or Firewire drives, or USB->IDE adapters?  Is anybody
using them on NetBSD?  From a quick glance, it seems that their cost
is only a little higher than ordinary IDE disks.  Any comments on
speed, reliability and compatibility?


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