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Re: tapes best for backup?

On Friday 04 January 2008, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> 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.
> Glossary:
> 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
> computer.
> Doug.


Have you considered an online storage site such as rsync.net?  Given that you 
are connecting to the internet via dial-up, this option may not be viable.


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