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Re: Recommended tape backup software - tape vs disk - raided

On Mon, May 20, 2002 at 10:04:49PM -0700, Alvin Oga wrote:
> hi ya petro


> On Mon, 20 May 2002, Petro wrote:
> > On Mon, May 20, 2002 at 12:10:34AM -0700, Peter Whysall wrote:
> > > On Mon, 2002-05-20 at 06:22, Alvin Oga wrote:
> > > > 		--- if the disks is raid5'd ... give one disk
> > > > 		--- to each of the CEO/CFO/CTO/foo/bar and no one user
> > > > 		--- has all the data... no way for stealing corp secrets
> > > That's innovative, but impractical.
> >     No, it's a great idea, but you can do the same thing even more
> >     safely with tapes. 
> good point.. give um tapes.... most people dont have an expensive
> drive sitting at home .... to go poking around on it
> 	while everybody can poke around on an ide disk

    Wait a minute, you're not encrypting them? 


> > > A terabyte is 10 AIT-3 tapes. How many disks is it?
> >     10 120 gig IDE drives. 
> >     Each with lots of electronics to fail. 
> yuppers... and with a tape drive.. you only fix one ??

    When the electronics on a tape drive fail, you can use almost any
    other tape drive of the same media type to read the tape. In an
    emergency, you drive down to <local computer supply store? and buy

    If the electronics on a hard drive fail, at *best* you drive down to
    the local clean room repair shop and perform unnatural acts on the
    tech while he tries to put the platters in a different unit. 

> and i've never dropped at tape drive... nor disks...
> 	- tapes get dropped because a klutz like me is swapping
> 	out a tape w/ feeble fingers... 

    As opposed to swaping out a drive with feeble fingers? 

> 	- i get itchy when i see people dropping stuff...

    Disasters happen. That's what backups are for after all. 

> 	- even worst when i see them with rubber shoes touching 
> 	memory/disks w/o antistatic

    Tapes aren't as delicate. 

> 	( its hilarious when they say they got shocked...
> 	( and wonder why the machine stopped working...

    In almost 20 years of messing with computers in various capacities,
    including living and working in high-static environments, the only
    time static electricity has cause a computer I was working on to die
    was a lightining strike. 

My last cigarette was roughly 29 days, 14 hours, 43 minutes ago.

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