Subject: Re: What large tape drives are people using?
To: Robert Elz <kre@munnari.OZ.AU>
From: Greg Lehey <>
List: netbsd-users
Date: 01/19/2000 19:24:08
On Wednesday, 19 January 2000 at  2:28:05 +1100, Robert Elz wrote:
> We're looking at using NetBSD as a file server, and need a tape
> to do backups.   One of
> 	Exabyte Mammoth 2 (M2)	(60Gb)
> 	SONY AIT-2 (50Gb)
> 	SONY AIT-1 (35Gb)
> 	DLT-7000 (35Gb)
> (pre-compression sizes given) looks likely to be picked, unless
> there are other (better) solutions.  Of those, the last 2 look to
> be a bit too small for what we need.
> Has anyone used any of those successfully on NetBSD?   Anyone
> have any reason for suspecting that any of them wouldn't work?
> Or any reason that we should avoid any of those (unreliable, etc).

I'm using a refurbed DLT-4000 on my FreeBSD box.  I haven't had any
problems to report, in stark contrast to helical scan.

> We currently use twin (smaller) DLT robots on our main server.
> Using a robot is another option here, but simply getting a high
> capacity tape seems simpler to manage.

I'd expect that the reliabilty of the larger DLTs would be in keeping
with the older ones, or better.

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