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Date:      Fri, 11 Dec 2009 10:55:37 -0500
From:      Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>
To:        Polytropon <freebsd@edvax.de>
Cc:        Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu>, Doug Sampson <dougs@dawnsign.com>, freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: HP USB 2.0 Tape Drive
Message-ID:  <20091211155537.GC6418@gizmo.acns.msu.edu>
In-Reply-To: <20091211045237.b1c089e6.freebsd@edvax.de>
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On Fri, Dec 11, 2009 at 04:52:37AM +0100, Polytropon wrote:

> On Thu, 10 Dec 2009 09:50:56 -0500, Jerry McAllister <jerrymc@msu.edu> wrote:
> > I don't think you will have a problem using a USB2 interface.
> > But, I really cannot recommend DAT.   That type of system seems
> > to have been pushed beyond its ability.    The tapes fail
> > frequently.  
> 
> What about Ultrium tape? Is it better?

Yes.   I like the LTO tape system.  It writes and reads fast.
It seems reliable, though I haven't used it as heavily.
It is missing a fast file search ability, so although it
reads fast, it takes a while to find files.

It is also expensive - like DLT - but if cheap fails, then that
is really the most expensive.   It is cheaper to get something
that is reliable even if it has a higher price.

////jerry


> 
> > But, if you can't read what you thought you wrote, it
> > doesn't matter how fast you can search for it.
> 
> A backup not readable is NOT a backup. And because it
> isn't, your hard disks will fail. :-)
> 
> -- 
> Polytropon
> Magdeburg, Germany
> Happy FreeBSD user since 4.0
> Andra moi ennepe, Mousa, ...



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