On Mon, Jun 26, 2000 at 12:50:40PM +0100, Wesley Darlington wrote:
> > between a cheap tape drive e.g. Travan and an expensive tape drive e.g. DLT,
> I've never heard somebody call DLTs cheap before. ;-)
Where did I call DLT cheap ?
> How about one of those onstream 25/50GB jobbies? Cclcomputers (.co.uk)
> did them last I looked.
Ahh - they're a fiddle. Although they use a SCSI connection, they're not
true SCSI tape drives i.e. they don't support the SCSI tape streamer command
set. Effectively they're generic SCSI devices which need special software to
drive them, so you can't tar or cpio to them. Last I checked they were
working on Linux support, but I don't know if it ever appeared. I also read
that their next generation of drive was to be a real SCSI drive but I don't
know if that ever appeared either.
> Me, I think the best way of transporting tens of gigabytes of data from
> A to B is a laptop. ;-)
Ah, but the problem is that at point B is situated an operator, who will
have very precise instructions as to how to put the tape cartridge into the
tape drive, and unloading of data will be done remotely. Even expensive tape
cartridges are cheaper than laptops.
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