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Date:      Thu, 4 Sep 2003 08:01:51 -0700
Subject:   Re: Recommendations for Tape Drives?
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I'd go with an HP IDE travan drive. HP is known for being very throughrough in 
their engineerig process, but all travan drives are "low end" and have a high 
rate of failure, but consider them the best of the bunch.

If you're looking for series data protection, then you must get SCSI, and 
probably move up to something like a DDS4/5 drive. For more data 
storage/speed of backup, the top of the line right now is Ultrium or DLT320 
(I'd stick with HP however, so Ultrium (LTO) is the best bet).

Unfortunatly you pay a pretty penny for storage in tape drive megabytes. Those 
LTO 1 drives can store 100gb native, 200 compressed (at least in theory), but 
they can cost around 5 thousand dollars a peice!

The travan drives can be had for much much less, but then they have a higher 
then normal failure rate compared to all other tape drive types (hence their 
low cost).

The idea of a low end backup solution involving tape drives hasn't truely been 
realized in my opinion. For any real backup you'll have to spend a good 

Just my two cents...

On Thursday 04 September 2003 06:36, Jason A. Crome wrote:
> Good localtime() to you,
> I am in the process of setting up several x86-based FreeBSD servers and
> will be in need of a quality backup solution.  Which tape drives, in your
> experience, play nicely with FreeBSD, and what software would you recommend
> to go with it?
> Thank you for your time and consideration.
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> Jason A. Crome
> Senior Software Engineer, DEVNET, Inc.
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