[TUHS] Irwin 285

Wilko Bulte wb at freebie.xs4all.nl
Thu Jan 21 23:02:19 AEST 2010

Quoting Jason Stevens, who wrote on Thu, Jan 21, 2010 at 07:37:41AM -0500 ..
> In this day & age, why on earth would you want tape?
> Hard disks, esp usb ones are so cheap!  You can buy 1TB disks for around
> $100 USD each.... and keep them in rotation.
> Tapes break, they are SEQUENTIAL and SLOW.
> I don't think I've backed up to tape in over 5+ years...
> The floppy tapes really were terrible, I had a few and eventually they
> become unusable... Not to mention they end up eating 100% of the cpu when
> they do their thing, so the machine is unusable.  And the horror stories I
> have of how these tapes take HOURS to report some basic failure, but people
> assume they have good backups....
> It's really hard to tell people that have been 'backing up' for years that
> because they didn't format the tape, they have nothing...  Although it took
> 2-3 hours for the software to tell them that....

That concept is known under the acronym WORN.  Write Once, Read Never.
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