Backup using tar over SSH

I’ve now got a fairly large (0.5Tb) external drive. A Lacie. Now it’s a RAID 0 pair of 250Gb drives, which is not exactly a reliable backup medium. But I like it and since it’s firewire 800, it’s pretty dammed fast. Anyway, I normally backup to tape, which is good although slow. I just tried backing my Linux Home directory (~150Gb) to the external drive via SSH to my macbook. Where the drive is plugged in. Nice, fast and pretty cool.

tar -czvf - /home/ | ssh ferg@morcheeba "cat >> /Volumes/Backup/Homebackup16Mar07.tar"

Cool. eh!