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I have come to the conclusion that I cannot get reliable backups using
ftape and my Iomega Ditto 2Gb tape drive.  While trying out the latest
beta version of ftape, two of my tapes (one - 3.7 gig - was bought the day
before)  were rendered unusable. I am getting a CRC error in the header of
the tape.  Now not even NT or Dos software can use those tapes. That is
too expensive for me to try it out again. 

Now I have a few questions:

1. Do commercial backup programs for Linux use ther own drivers or do they
rely on ftape?

2. How reliable is the use of rewritable cd's for this purpose?

3. Do other types of tape backup systems also have problems with
reliability in combination with ftape?

4. Does anyone know whether it is possible to repair my tapes?


| Johann Spies                                 Windsorlaan 19              |
| jhspies@alpha.futurenet.co.za                3201 Pietermaritzburg       |
| Tel/Faks Nr. +27 331-46-1310		       Suid-Afrika (South Africa)  |

     "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things 
      which I say?"                   Luke 6:46 

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