Subject: Tape Re: Amanda backups: gtar or dump?
To: John Nemeth <email@example.com>
From: Tom T. Thai <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/30/1998 13:24:48
speaking of tape, it got this HP1533a scci tape that I used twice, in over
4 years. Recently I tried it again and it rewind the tape to the begin
and then fails and ejects the tape. When I pull out the tape, there is
like 1 inch of the tape hanging lose outside the cartridge.
The tape drive is in a server that is on 24/7. It was new when I bought
it, and never got a chance to really use it.
Anyone seen this kind or problem? oh , it's a DDS2 type.
Thomas T. Thai Infomedia Interactive Communications
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On Fri, 30 Oct 1998, John Nemeth wrote:
> On Oct 28, 12:24pm, Sean Doran wrote:
> } Um if we are redesigning backup stuff, I have a question.
> } Should backups be tape-focused, or considered a form of
> } remote long-term stable storage?
> Tape, most definitely. That is the most economical and reliable
> media on which to do backups. Nothing else really makes sense.
> } Personally, the reasons I've used backups are, in order of frequency:
> } -- accidentally nuking a file that was important
> } -- needing back an old version of a file that has been unlinked
> } in the past
> } -- moving files off a disk, repartitioning, and moving them back on
> } -- replacing a dying disk that tended to crash and corrupt files
> } with all the fun of figuring out which files were corrupted
> } finding older versions of files fast is nice. A colleague and I
> } have been spoiled by IBM's ADSM for a while, and so mostly are
> } looking at ways to make backups to a large RAID array, which then
> This is about the most expensive way of doing it. It also isn't
> very reliable in the grand scheme of things (consider what would
> happen if there was a fire in your machine room; RAID arrays aren't
> very amenable to off-site storage).
> }-- End of excerpt from Sean Doran