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More storage tips from Houston

ScreenJet's Alan Yeo had advice for 3000 storage solutions at this month's GHRUG International Technology Conference, counsel for those with limited budgets or no budget at all. Disk drive prices have fallen so far that a half-terabyte $600 RAID-class drive can be had for HP 3000 use, he said.

Even an HP-branded drive for the HP 3000 costs under $500 by now, although it will offer less than a tenth of that capacity. A 36GB HP drive is priced at about $400 on the community's market, "so long as you don't want it tomorrow. Getting enough disk space to do a STORE to Disk should not be a problem," he said.

Backup techniques can have an impact on costs to upgrade storage options, too. "You can always look at splitting your backup up, if you don't have enough disk space. Instead of doing @[email protected]@ you split it into chunks, if you don't even want to spend $400 for more disk."

3000 managers can get around the problem of backing up files of 4GB or more with some backup products "which let you specify extent size you want to use, so they won't go up to 4GB," Yeo said. "The other approach we've adopted with HP STORE is to actually split up the backup, so the backup runs in three or four steps, each one of them not exceeding the 4GB limit."

Breaking a backup into chunks also means "it's an awful lot quicker to get something back," Yeo added.