Re: Recommended tape drive for freeBSD 4.10
From: John Thompson (john_at_vector.os2.dhs.org)
Date: Sat, 22 Jan 2005 22:07:47 GMT
On 2005-01-22, Charlie Sorsby <email@example.com> wrote:
> I'm looking to add a tape drive to my all-SCSI system.
> Money is definitely and object but so is reliability.
> I had an exaByte EXB-8700 but some time ago, it became *very*
> flakey, usually failing with errors deep into the dump. From
> what I've read, the exaByte-type mechanism is very critical
> as to alignment and I'm debating whether it's worth sending
> it back to exaByte for service or just buying a new drive.
> I've looked on the web and see that 40GB (with compression)
> DAT drives are selling for about $600 (e.g. a promotion at
> HP). That's really more than I would like to spend but if
> worse comes to worst, I guess I could put some other stuff
> off and manage it. *BUT* I'd be really put out if I did
> and found that I have similar problems with that costly a
> So, the advice that I'd like is this:
> 1. Is DAT a good way to go?
> 2. If not, what is?
> 3. What are good (reliable) brands to consider?
> 4. What questions should I have asked and what are
> their answers?
> If you don't think this is of general interest, please feel
> free to e-mail your response. Reply-To: is properly set of
> just e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll get it.
> Many thanks for any help.
I've had good luck with DLT drives. DLT-III (15/30GB capacity) can be had
on eBay for less than US$50; DLT-IV (20/40GB capacity) often for less than
-- John (email@example.com)