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Signal Ground: Serious Backup - Exabyte M2 and Tandberg SLR 60 [Review]

Feb 07, 2001, 06:37 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ken Treis)

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"Consumers don't hear as much about data backup as they used to. There are many reasons for this: mass storage devices have become much more reliable; people have turned to secondary hard disks for data backup; and higher capacity removable drives (not to mention CD writers) have become commonplace on new systems. But despite these changes, one thing has remained constant: serious backup is done on magnetic tapes. In this review, the Signal Ground team scrutinizes the Exabyte Mammoth-2 and Tandberg SLR 60. Do both of these SCSI drives pass the Linux challenge? Read on to find out."

"Magnetic tape media has been around for a long time. While it's obviously not very well suited to random access, it does a good job storing large pieces of sequential data -- like your files. And, once you've made a drive purchase, you'll find that magnetic tapes are extremely cost-effective."

"Both drives use a LVD (Low Voltage Differential) Ultra2 SCSI interface, but I had no problem using either of them with my old Adaptec 2940UW card."

"Another cool feature of both drives is that they do their own compression. That means that you don't have to waste your precious SETI@home cycles compressing archives before writing the tape."

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