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Subject:  Re: Computer Crash - Need Links Date:  1/23/2019  4:03 PM
Author:  JeanDavid Number:  273191 of 279021

Still using tape for backup! You can't buy a reasonably priced external tape drive with media anymore.
A 2 TB external disk is only ~ $60 is only 4.5x3x0.4 inches roughly the size of a tape cassette and has the
advantage of random access if only a selected file is corrupted or accidently deleted. I gave replaced my
last tape backup 10 year ago. But if your tape is still doing the job get as much life out of it as you can.


My tape drive(s) are still working fine,and I even have a few cartons of new tapes,and about a dozen cleaning tapes. I will use them as long as my computer has an Ultra 320 SCSI controller.

I do use Western Digital external USB3 Passport drives (750 GBytes for Windows, 2 GBytes for Linux) for my daily backups. They are about the size of two of my tape cassettes.

But I remember using tape drives like these:

https://www.floridamemory.com/items/show/266584
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