[Chugalug] big 'un

Dave Brockman dave at brockmans.com
Mon Nov 25 16:46:16 UTC 2013


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On 11/25/2013 11:30 AM, Benjamin Stewart wrote:
> There are 2 advantages to tape:
> 
> 1. $35 for ~1.6TB ain't that bad 2. Air gap. It's a lot harder to
> accidentally (or purposefully) delete all the data from your tapes
> in cold storage across town.
> 
> Everything else about them sucks. Except unwinding them in
> coworkers' cubes.

Except they are physically stronger than hard disks.  Go ahead, drop
your backup hard drive off your desk onto the floor.  Still work?
Repeat with an LTO cartridge.  Let me know which one fails first.

And that hard disk has a file system on it.  Just the right bit gets
twiddled, and you lost every bit of data on that media.  That bad spot
on your tape, you might lose a couple of files.

Regards,

dtb

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