I am getting a little burned out on tape backups for server. Every time you turn around one is being discontinued in lieu of another and not much is backwards compatible. Then there is the costs. $1000 or more to the drive and $50-$75 per media form something with a native capacity of only 200MB or so.
I have been looking at using hard drives as backup media. Let's face it. You can pick up a 250GB (native) hard drive today for between $60 and $80 depending on wether you go 2.5" or 3.5".
So does anyone know of a backup method using hard drives? Thermaltake has a external USB docking station for hard drives. Pretty simple. Every night you swap hard drives in the docking station for backup. The thing I don't like about it is that the backup operator will be handling bare hard drives. Not good. Secondly 3.5" hard drives are a little big to be taking home at night.
Does anyone know of a method using 2.5 inch hard drives that are some how protected in small enclosures that could be switched nightly and put in your shirt pocket to take home?