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RE: What to backup?

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From: Paul Johnson [mailto:baloo@ursine.dyndns.org] 
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2003 1:25 AM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: What to backup?

On Fri, May 02, 2003 at 10:39:23AM -0500, Michael Kahle wrote:
>> I just recently inherited a DLT1 tape drive from a friend!  :)  I 
>> ordered 4 DLT tapes and a cleaning tape.
>If it's anything like floppy or CD cleaning disks, you've wasted your 
>money on something that do more harm than good.

I believe that the DLT cleaning cartridges also re-align the heads on the
DLT.  I was using a Benchmark DLT1 (DELL Branded) for a couple of months
until the backups just kept failing.  I was using a DLT IV cleaning
cartridge.  I was told by a support representative that I was experiencing
these problems because I was using the wrong cleaning cartridge!!!  I
thought he was crazy.  He then explained that the tapes also re-align the
heads on the DLT.  I went ahead and ordered a DLT1 cleaning cartridge (not
the brand he recommended) and it works flawlessly now!  So, in the case of
tape backup drives I think it is more critical than you might expect.


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