Archive for March, 2005

Techy: Spare hard drives for sale + Backup solution needed

March 6th, 2005

I’ve now got two spare hard drives “for sale” (for sale in quotes as I’ve got no idea what second hand hard drives are selling for) – perfect working order: I just had to replace the 120Gb and 40Gb drives with 2×20)Gb as I needed even more storage capacity. My main machine now has 3x200Gb HD’s in it (600Gb) and a 60Gb drive (that’s the machine’s original hard drive with Windows XP on it etc etc). Poor Zaphod is still powered down as it’s main boot hard drive (with RedHat Fedora OS on it) has failed and I’ve still got to hook a monitor to it to access it’s 400Gb RAID0 configuration and 200Gb additional drive.

Woh! That’s 1,200Gb (1.2 Tb) of “on demand live storage” I have. By June, I will definitely need to purchase some sort of backup solution – but has any body got any recommendations? I’m looking to have around 2Tb (2,000Gb) of on-demand storage by that time, so I’m looking for at least 3Tb backup space. DVDs and CDs just won’t cut it (given a DVD can store around 8Gb, I’ll need 375 DVDs and 5,000 CDs would just be silly).

So – anybody got any recommendations for a good 3Tb backup solution?

News: Leicester Road Traffic Accident

March 5th, 2005

There’s just been Road Traffic Accident outside my house, and from what I can tell a neighbour was driving down the hill getting ready to park whilst another car (possibly driven by a under-25 male: can’t confirm this though) came up the hill driving quite rapidly in a dark blue car.

When I tried to call 999, my phone kept cutting out (even though my computer is right next to my bedroom window and the accident happened just outside, there were already people on the scene by the time I looked out) – but after around 8 minutes, 3 fire-engines, 1 paramedic car , 1 ambulance and 1 police car arrived (all that I could see).

Apart from the two main vehicles (the dark blue one is a total write off as it “flipped over” onto its roof), one other vehicle was slightly damaged on the side.

Murphy’s law dictated that my main camera was out of batteries and I didn’t find any more until the fire bridge had nearly finished right-siding the car (they are just cleaning the road as I type): but pictures are in the main entry below.
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