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trixter at oldskool.org
Mon Feb 5 20:28:09 CST 2007
Jules Richardson wrote:
> I've always used DLT for backups in recent years; far as I'm aware they
> have a reasonable level of error detection / correction information
> built in at the lowest level, I don't see them dying out for a long
> time, and I prefer the fact that the media's self-contained (unlike CD /
> DVD which runs the risk of attracting dirt / fingerprints due to handling).
It is rare that they fail completely (they usually slowly develop errors
over time in heavy use until you have to replace them). But let me tell
you, if you get the one rare one that does fail, it fails SPECTACULARLY.
As in, it takes the drive with it!
>  Yes, tar has some verification options built in, but at least for
Its verification is practically a non-feature. Always generate parity
or make redundant copies.
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