reliable tape units

Kevin A. Pieckiel pieckiel+freebsd-questions at
Mon Feb 16 11:01:59 PST 2004

On Thu, Feb 05, 2004 at 02:57:48PM -0700, David Bear wrote:
> I wanted to ask this group what their experience was regarding tape
> units, what your experience has been regarding reliability and
> longevity. I am faced with replacing an AIT tape unit thats just over 3
> years old. Its based on a sony sdx-300 series. Its had minimal use.
> I am really surprised its only last 3 years... but then, I don't know
> what to expect.

I use Exabyte's Mammoth 2 drive.  The drive and tapes have been very
reliable--I use tar to do backups daily.  Except when I've worn a tape
out, it's worked well for the last few years.


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