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    Bit of help with tape back ups

    Using Suse and tar to disk.

    On the server i have a folder that contains the last 10 days data in /backups/year/month/ then it has the zip files for each day in there.

    If i write these to tape, on the tape it creates /backups/year/month/ list of files.
    After i put the tape in the follow week with out rewinding what will happen
    as will it create a new /backups/year/month list of files? so there will be 2 /backups/year/month on there with reoccuring dates so how would i go about restoring the correct files.

    Or would it be better just to keep 5 days data on the server so that theres no duplication of data on the same tape. or should i rewind the tape at the start of each back up?

    TIA

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    Quote Originally Posted by undercover View Post
    Using Suse and tar to disk.

    Or would it be better just to keep 5 days data on the server so that theres no duplication of data on the same tape. or should i rewind the tape at the start of each back up?

    TIA

    Every modern tape drive I've used always rewinds the tape on eject (DLT/LTO). You would manually have to move the tape into the right position with the "mt fsf 1 /dev/<device>"

    How you backing upto tape with tar / cpio ? Check this blog for more info - Linux Tape Backup With mt And tar Command Howto

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