Whats the best way to put 65G of data to tape on a RHEL 3 system?

Posted on 2009-12-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-16
Whats the best way to put 65G of data to tape on a RHEL 3 system? Would tar even work when we are dealing with directories and sub-directories with that much data? I would prefer a solution that did not require loading additional software packages.
Question by:jjc_mn
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    I have done tar to tapes for 45GB with no problems at all , by the way tar stands for tape archive and it was originally written for this purpose.

    You can also use dump.
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    It depends what you mean by 'best'.

    With TAR, the length of the archive doesn't matter, but if any of the individual files are very large then you might run into problems if you want to take the data to another system - earlier versions of TAR used 11 octal digits to store the length, meaning they could only handle a maximum file size of 8GB. You can read more about these sorts of issues here:

    If you're only going to be restoring onto the same system (or another RHEL box) then TAR should be fine.

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