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Thu Feb 28 10:55:34 CST 2008
On 28 Feb 2008 at 9:08, Jules Richardson wrote:
> But then people said that about those floppy-connected QIC tape drives (hmm,
> those were IOmega too, weren't they?) and lots of people seemed to find that
> they had dreadful reliability too. Seemed nice at the time, but not so good a
> few months down the line...
There was a lot of junk in the way of tape drives out at the time.
We wouldn't endorse any kind of tape that (a) didn't use a standard
SCSI interface and command set (b) didn't perform read-after-write
verification. 4mm DAT barely qualified, but we cautioned against it
as being not-quite-ready-for-serious-use. The only Travan drive that
even came close was an HP model that claimed to do read-after-write.
Our customers used this stuff out in the field almost exclusively, so
it also had to survive environmental stress.
To their credit, I've a number of Zip drives and at least 2 Jaz
drives as well as a couple of Bernoullis and they all seem to work
fine. But recommending something for rugged use is a different
Most customers eventually went to purchasing hard drives to hold
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