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Re: backup archive format saved to disk

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On 12/05/06 21:43, Mike McCarty wrote:
> Douglas Tutty wrote:
>> On Tue, Dec 05, 2006 at 07:55:40PM -0600, Mike McCarty wrote:
>>> Douglas Tutty wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Dec 05, 2006 at 06:57:38PM -0600, Ron Johnson wrote:
> [snip]
> If in X years you plug the drive into your machine, and smoke
> pours out, you are going to have difficulty reading any medium
> you may put into it. You are banking on the format of the tape
> or whatever not changing in that time. If the format becomes
> obsolete, and your drive fails, then you are SOL.

Sadly, this is a perfect argument for why businesses go with
"popular" instead of "best": you can still buy 9-track tape drives
that read IBM and DEC formatted tapes, as well as 3480/3490 tapes
and DEC TK50 tapes.  There are a few companies that can even still
read DECtapes.

It's the esoteric stuff (3rd-tier and specialized equipment) that's
impossible to read now.

- --
Ron Johnson, Jr.
Jefferson LA  USA

Is "common sense" really valid?
For example, it is "common sense" to white-power racists that
whites are superior to blacks, and that those with brown skins
are mud people.
However, that "common sense" is obviously wrong.
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