Digital archiving tools

Steven Hirsch snhirsch at
Mon Mar 14 16:14:51 CDT 2011

On Fri, 11 Mar 2011, Al Kossow wrote:

> On 3/11/11 12:48 PM, Richard wrote:
>> And that was Al's point -- heads touching the medium do bad things in
>> the context of archival processes.
> I guess I was being too clever with that post. What I trying to express
> was my dislike of magnetic tape and floppies. Both require the media
> to be in contact with the head to work. Magnetic and optical rigid disks
> do not.

I need to take another close look at the specs, but I was under the 
impression that MTBF for modern servo-driven tape formats far exceeded 
that of even the best hard disks.

Granted RAID changes the equation, and I'm not enough of a statistician to 
factor that in.


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