From: Paul Kelly (longword at domain indigo.ie)
Date: Wed 05 May 1999 - 18:25:24 IST
Paul Curtayne wrote:
> far the fastest of the test machines which included Iomega zip, Lacie
> MO 640 (magneto-optical), and Panasonic LF-1500(magneto-optical) and
My vote goes to the MO drives. They're damned fast, they have that 3.5"
fits-in-a-pocket feel, and they're practically indestructable. We use
them in RTE for storing audio. The only problem we have is Win95
sometimes "forgets" to write the FAT properly and can't use the 640MB
media - that requires 2KByte sectors rather than the customary 512
bytes. Linux isn't 100% comforatble with 2K sectors either, but it
works. Where you need 512 byte sectors you can use 540MByte media which
has the same recording density. 640MB/540MB media is a little expensive
at about £25 a pop, but you can also use 230MB 512byte/sector media
which is about a quarter of that price. One drive does all. If you want
to go for the 5.25" MO drives, they're about £500-£600 for the drive and
£30 for a disk with 2.6GB per side.
Jaz I would not trust for anything you want to keep. In fact I wouldn't
trust anything that's magnetic and spinning. CDRs can be a bit delicate
long-term, and the backup process is a little more complicated than a
simple cp, but if you treat them right you should be OK.
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