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Re: tapes best for backup?

On Fri, Jan 04, 2008 at 09:12:19AM -0800, David Brodbeck wrote:
> On Jan 4, 2008, at 7:38 AM, Larry Irwin wrote:
> I would not buy a used tape drive.  They're finicky mechanical devices  
> and you really want a warranty.  Every time I've bought a used tape  
> drive thinking I was getting a good deal it's died within a month.

Which puts DLTs out of reach for the home user.  Which means that either
I archive to less reliable media (CD/DVD, hard disk) or keep everything
online and only do backups with no archives.

backup: copy everything from the main computer and leave all data on the
	main computer.

archive: copy data important for long-term use (e.g. financial records,
family pictures or videos) and possibly remove them from the main


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