RE: What to backup?
From: Paul Johnson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Saturday, May 03, 2003 1:25 AM
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.