[CentOS] Tape drive recommendations

John R Pierce pierce at hogranch.com
Tue Mar 27 15:14:49 UTC 2007

> Most all SCSI tape drives will work with a minimum of hassle -- what 
> you go with depends mainly on budget and backup window.  I currently 
> use both AIT3 and LTO3, and like them quite a lot.  LTO3 is probably 
> overkill for you, but you may want to look at LTO or LTO2.

I'd second the motion on LTO2 or LTO3.    I'd avoid AIT, DAT/DDS, and 
any other sort of helical scan.   LTO2 holds 200GB raw, 400GB compressed 
on a cartridge, the drives are a bit pricy, but the tapes are fairly 
reasonable, and they are FAST.    They require a dedicated Ultra160/320 
SCSI channel for best performance.

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