LTO-1 tape drives
On Thu, Oct 30, 2008 at 12:40:05AM -0400, Douglas A. Tutty wrote:
> Hi all,
> I'll be setting up my Tyan P-133 box as the secure /home data repository
> for our home use. I need a backup solution that allows me to take it
> with me (not just copy it to another computer). Backup set size,
> tarballed and encrypted with openssl, is around 50 GB or so.
> I considered using a laptop drive in a mini-enclosure but the Tyan
> doesn't have USB (and I'd rather not add USB to this box). I don't want
> to use a 3.5" drive since, in an enclosure, it won't fit in a small bank
> safety deposit box. By the time I buy, e.g. three drives and
> enclosures, price starts to get up.
I have started to see 64G flash drives, but it would mean installing a
> I'm thinking about LTO-1 tape drive. The LTO-1 has a slow enough
> transfer rate that the EIDE hard drive should be able to keep it fed.
> However, new drives are pricy. What about eBay? There is an eBay store
> physically located (and allows pickup) an hour's drive away that has
> LTO-1 drives for under $100 or so and come with a 30-day warranty.
> Assuming that they also have the appropriate SCSI HBA for PCI, that plus
> a new set of tapes should do it.
> Does anyone have any experience purchasing used tape drives? Is there
> any way to determine during the 30-day warranty period how long the
> drive will last?
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