Subject: Re: Tape backup recommendations wanted
To: David Brownlee <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Ken Hornstein <email@example.com>
Date: 01/25/2002 13:37:20
> Looking at replacing a DDS3 backup for a NetBSD/i386 box.
> Want around 50GB+ per tape.
> On-Stream produce 50Gb Internal/External SCSI units for 375/645 GBP.
> Has anyone had any experience of these?
> Another option could be an 8000S 40/80GB DLT, but they're a touch
A few years ago I asked for tape drive recommendations, because I had
bad experience with Exabyte and DAT. A lot of people responded, and
everyone who had a DLT said, "They're expensive, but they're worth it".
I bought a open-box 2000 DLT drive, and I use it every week to back up
everything. It's been rock-solid. I've never heard anyone say anything bad
about DLT (other than the price).
Just as a bit of trivia: my wife is "encouraging" me to clean up the
computer room, and and I had a bunch of QIC-150 tapes laying around
that were old backups and other such stuff from 1993. I read them all
off using a borrowed QIC-150 drive, and I didn't encounter a single
error. But I doubt you're going to get 50GB/tape out of them :-)