[CentOS] Backup server

m.roth at 5-cent.us m.roth at 5-cent.us
Thu Jan 14 16:41:34 UTC 2010


> On 1/14/2010 10:04 AM, m.roth at 5-cent.us wrote:
>>
>>>> Already done. Still feel a bit burned by the whole matter though.
>>>
>>> I still feel burned from IBM's 75GXP fiasco ~7 years ago, even
<snip>
>>> OT but reminded me of that..
>>
>> Seagate Barracudas - mid-nineties, and again three-four years ago.
>> Mid-nineties, first time as a sysadmin, and in nine months, *five* out
>> of... was it eight? failed, one *twice*. The Sun account rep for who I
>> worked for knew me by name.... I won't *ever* touch a Barracuda
>> willingly.
>
> That's not a particularly useful reaction because every vendor has
> shipped bad batches and it's a toss of the dice who will be next.
> Better to avoid short warranties and bad customer service - and never
> use the same model/batch for your backups as the live systems.

Ah, no. Back in the eighties and early nineties, I thought highly of
Seagates. Then, in the mid-nineties, *every* *single* ISP in Chicago had
dumped the then-new Seagate Barracudas... and not a year after that, I got
stuck with them in the external drives for my Sun, and the problem - note
that I said one of them was replaced *twice* - clearly lasted for at least
a couple of years. Then, about 4 years ago (plus or minus a year), I was
hearing the same thing. It appears to me that Seagate, esp. with the
Barracuda line, has a tendency to rush them out the door with clearly
inadequate quality control. They've done it twice, ten years apart, so I
take that as an institutional failing.

         mark "probably too many MBA's"



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