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Tape management strategy in large backup set

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Hi All,

I've got LTO-4 tape drive and using BE 2010 R2 running now, in my backup job I've selected a directory which contains 1.1 TB of files that is a backup file from a 3rd party application (already deduplicated), however after long writing time i found out that the LTO-4 tape 1.6 TB is not enough ? it asked for another tape ?

since the difference is not that big, then i insert the LTO-3 tape. would that be ok for the weekly full archive to tape ?
using 2 tape in one backup set ? LTO-4 and LTO-3 pair ?

any kind of help and suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
JJ
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An LTO-4 tape is 800Gb, 1.6 is assuming a 2:1 compression ratio. In reality, 2:1 is optimistic, 1.6:1 is a better figure to work with, however in this case the data is almost certainly already compressed.  An LTO-4 & an LTO-3 tape have a combined capacity of 800 + 400 Gb = 1.2Tb, so you should be able to fit 1.1Tb on them, but only just.

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ah yes... thanks for the explanation man...
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Only same type of tapes should be used in a backup set, so only LTO4 or only LTO3 in the same set.
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ah.. but the problem is taht i don't have enough LTO-4, is there any problem in doing so ?
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Again you should not mix tapes. Just buy more LTO4 tapes!
Here is a place that has them for $30.
http://www.lenscomputers.com/lto4ulta8.html?gclid=COvWiJS1-KMCFeh25QodKlCpLA
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thanks ma n!
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