DAT/DDS tape backups...

Joel Jaeggli joelja at darkwing.uoregon.edu
Fri Dec 30 16:51:14 UTC 2005

On Fri, 30 Dec 2005, Les Mikesell wrote:

> On Fri, 2005-12-30 at 07:14, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> I quite regularly put 11 or more GB of raw data on DDS2 tapes when I
>> was using tape, but the tape format I could afford was also a very
>> undependable format, and I'd place the current crop of DDS4 drives in
>> this same category, so I'm now using virtual tapes on a large hd and
>> having .000001% of the trouble I had with tape.
> I never met a DDS2 drive I liked. DDS3/4 have been much more
> reliable for me.

I've never had a 4mm drive that I didn't regret owning... the tape path 
for cassettes is just just too complicated among other things. but the 
jump from 4/8mm cassettes to 1/2" cartridges in your format of choice is 
pretty expensive.

>> Until that 200GB
>> drive dies there will not be any errors not of MY doing.
> Have you tried backuppc  (http://backuppc.sourceforge.net/)?
> It will cram about 10x more backup history onto that drive.

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