Subject: How many backups per DAT?
To: None <current-users@NetBSD.ORG>
From: Michael L. VanLoon -- <>
List: current-users
Date: 07/13/1997 23:12:41
This isn't strictly related to NetBSD, so please reply to me, and not
to the list.  I'll summarize if people are interested.

I purchased a DAT drive a couple months ago, and am getting to the
fourth or firth backup on some of my tapes.  There is a light on the
drive that comes on when it thinks the tapes are marginal, or the
drive needs to be cleaned.

I've been cleaning the drive once a month, as they recommend (doing
weekly full backups), so I don't think that's the reason the light is
comming on.  So, the alternative is that a DAT is only good for four
or five recordings before it starts degrading.  Does this jive with
others' experiences?

I seem to remember a discussion on this long ago, where someone else
claimed that DATs only last for a limited time.  Does this sound

It doesn't bother me if that's what I need to expect.  I'd just like
to know for sure.  Thanks for any feedback you send my way...

  Michael L. VanLoon                 
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