USB Tape drives

Michael Scully agentscully at
Tue May 31 23:15:39 UTC 2011


	Also, your other option for long term storage in that size range is Blu-Ray recordable disks.  An external burner is less than $200, and 2 layer media holds 50GB natively, single layer 25GB.  For long term you can use the write-once variety for about $15/disk.


On May 31, 2011, at 3:50 PM, Carl G. Riches wrote:

> On Tue, 31 May 2011, Michael Scully wrote:
>> Jackson:
>> 	Unless you need to exchange data with other tape drives, I'd SERIOUSLY forget about tapes.  When you can get USB attached 500 GB hard drives for $59.99 at any WalMart, why would you want tape?
>> 	You can reformat the hard drives with ext3 partitions and write to them direct.  Most of the tape backup utilities will support USB hard drives as well.
>> 	But when I last had a customer with an external drive like that (on a 1U rack server), it did just become /dev/st0.
> Does Iron Mountain now accept disks for secure off-site media storage?
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