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Tapes Vs Hard Drives

Posted on 2004-08-27
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I am looking into backup solutions I can take offsite.

One of the solutions I am looking at is a stand alone tape backup. $4000 + $1500 in tapes. $5500
Then I had an idea, why couldn't I use hot swappable hard drives $2400 in hard drives.

My question is good idea / bad idea and why.
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I would opt for HDD's. They are faster and bootable. Tapes are not bootable.
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Way faster.

Tapes
6MB/s
360MB/min
21.6GB/hr

HD (estimated)
80MB/s
4.8GB/min
288GB/hr
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Yep and tapes it is harder to find specific files and/or folders because the the way tapes lay out their file system. HDD's follow the same file system that one normally uses as well. Personally I really have never been impressed with tapes because they tend to have a lot quirkiness involved with them and the medium wears out faster than an HDD.
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Yep, I just needed some reassurance, thanks.
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:)
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Ummm I am a networking weakling, it is the area I have the least experience in. :)
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Then what are you doing answering my tape question ;o)
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