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Also, just my Opinion: maybe it's just time to give up the Ghost on Tape-Drives!!! They are going the way of 5-1/4" Floppy.
The newer external USB-2/3 drives are fairly compact, here is an example:

Western Digital My Passport Essential 500GB USB 3.0
Portable Hard Drive Blue - WDBACY5000ABL-NESN: Pric: $69.99

I have two of the 750 GByte model of those (silver-grey) that I am trying out for the daily backups. I would like to put a whole month on one of those. I could do that if I used the whole thing for Linux. Right now I have them split up to do 1/2 Windows and 1/2 Linux. Then do just the monthly stuff to tape for long term storage at the bank. In other words, buy two of the 1 TByte model for my Linux daily backups, and hoping the things do not bomb suddenly but give enough warning to replace them early. Because by Murphy's law, one would die very near the end of the month and I would lose a month's data.

But I am by no means ready to give up VXA-2 tape backups. They are incredibly more reliable than any of the other tape drives I have used. I have always been able to read a backup (or any other) tape from these drives. The failure mode, when the tapes start to go bad, is that the immediate read-after-write check while they are being written catches this, and I just need to use a new one. I can usually get about 200 passes on a tape, so that is about 4 years per tape. Most of my tapes were put in service in 2007 and are still working fine. Most of my monthly tapes are from 2004, and I can read them too.
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