[TriLUG] tape drive recommendation?
Wed, 15 Aug 2001 12:39:40 -0400
Mike Broome said:
> So what are the current tape/tape drive standards? There seem to be a
> few to choose from ... are any of them better or easier to work with
> (especially in Linux) than others? Any recommendation for a specific
> tape drive? Cheap is always a plus, but reliable, fast and easy-to-use
> are more important to me this time.
Price not being an object, I'd pick DLT. This being a home server, I'd
imagine price would be an object (and you seem to have said that). DLT is
fast and reliable, but expensive for both drive and media. Sony's AIT
standard comes just underneath DLT but the tape are pricey. There are some
DAT offerings beneath AIT but I'm not up-to-date on those. Last time I used
DAT (2 years ago) it was slow and you had to switch tapes frequently for
I've had very good luck with Quantum tape drives. Keep in mind this is in
an environment where I was backing up something like a TB over the course of
one week, every week.