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Backup to Tape or to USB Hard Disk Drive : Video

August 27, 2013 Jon 18 Comments

Backup to Tape or to USB Hard Disk Drive

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  1. jebug29
    August 27, 2013 - 3:54 am

    The only problem with these tapes is that in order to use them, you have to pay some big money on a large drive. If these drives would get smaller and cheaper, we’d all probably be using these tapes.

  2. smartarse001
    August 27, 2013 - 4:40 am

    Mechanical drives are prone to failure. Constant spinning and reading. 5 years or so.

    Tape backup is (obviously) static when its “recorded” on the tape. 30 years or more.

  3. Kg277
    August 27, 2013 - 4:51 am

    If you don’t have any backups then you have no one to blame but yourself when you lose data. It isn’t a question of if, it is a question of when. You deserve what you get. A big fat headache and data recovery bill.

  4. penny sage
    August 27, 2013 - 5:25 am

    why does a tape drive stores the data for a longer time? (physically)

  5. gopher2x
    August 27, 2013 - 5:30 am

    pretty good acting !

  6. x*xblackvenomx*x
    August 27, 2013 - 5:34 am

    i hate tape backups. slow, proprietary, very expensive.
    the future of backups lies in arrays and distributed storage.

    just look at the prices for tape drives (or even tape robots).
    i can buy a 3 tb harddisk for as much as 140€ and get enough of those to outlast any tape system, plus i’m much more flexible (lol @ encryption).

  7. 10026270
    August 27, 2013 - 5:44 am

    and oh yeah! i worked for a major player in ‘backup and recovery’ software. may be its just that software, but most of the times, backing up to tapes are real pain in…

  8. 10026270
    August 27, 2013 - 5:45 am

    in cntd with my prvs comment, when you take backups to storage devices, you are not like taking a backup now and next three years later. at the most, every organization takes backup(full) every month least. so you always have enough of backups to rely upon. tapes are/may be the choice when you are storing that info for years w/o another subsequent backup. yes, i agree on the power consumption, and storage capacity. but somehow i prefer hdd to tape. in short tapes are good for redundant backup.

  9. 10026270
    August 27, 2013 - 6:01 am

    well very good points there. kinda sold out ‘tape’ to me too. however, things i’d like to mention and may be someone can kinda put a perspective on my thoughts here. the backups taken to a tape device, are only for storage. i mean if you want to restore your o/s, you gotta have them restored(copy them, i mean) to a hdd and then use that disk to restore from. plus, if you do a file-level backup to a tape (for all those reasons mentioned here), you cant do an index to move to that particular file

  10. Ceci M
    August 27, 2013 - 6:33 am

    This is 2010… what about now… 2012?

  11. growingneeds
    August 27, 2013 - 6:54 am


  12. RageRioting
    August 27, 2013 - 7:00 am

    I was sceptical and having only gotten into the industry recently I now realise tape isnt all bad. the drive manufacturers are certainly making alot of money from a technology which has existed for 60 years so that has to account for somthing,
    I understand wear and tear and tapes dont need to be repeatably read where as a HDD somone has to turn it off otherwise the the drive bearings will wear and I fear dropping HDD’s.

  13. interlinkknight
    August 27, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Use a SSD as backup is a waste but at least they are very durable. They will not die as easy or quickly. Of course they are still expensive and low capacity. That is the real reason why they are not use as backup. But as you must know, that is changing rapidly.

  14. mocaponeuk
    August 27, 2013 - 7:57 am

    hard drive die, ssd is not backup

  15. Morahman7vnNo2
    August 27, 2013 - 8:46 am

    Ha ha ha!

    That’s what you get!

  16. Mike Yotas
    August 27, 2013 - 9:31 am

    very funny and informative >……..

  17. interlinkknight
    August 27, 2013 - 10:29 am

    The price is absurd, between $2,500 and $3,500. With that I can buy a lot of hard drives or even big capacity SSD.

    Thank you, but no thanks.

  18. jjovereats
    August 27, 2013 - 10:37 am

    The ladder is where hilarity begins.

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