[rescue] Exabyte 8500S - oui ou non?

Sheldon T. Hall shel at cmhcsys.com
Sat Dec 20 18:07:54 CST 2003

Kurt Mosiejczuk said ...
> On Wed, 12 Nov 2003, Sheldon T. Hall wrote:
> > However, I just ran a little test on the Exabyte, and it was
> > perfectly happy to use a 120 meter 8mm videotape; I was able
> > to backup and the Challenge's root drive that way, and
> > restore it to another disk.
> > I wouldn't use videotapes on a regular basis, but that's all
> > they had at the drugstore.
> The biggest reason I've heard not to use videotapes is that the tapes
> tend to shed a LOT more oxide particles than data grade.  Over time,
> this can spell the end of the drive.

I've heard that, too.

> And keep in mind it's okay for analog video to drop "data" and not have
> it be noticeable, but you'd notice if a chunk of your dump was amiss...

Yeppers.  I just wanted to see if the drive worked at all.  If it worked
with a videotape, I figure it was OK.  If not, it wasn't conclusive either
way.  But for US$2.99 it seemed a cheap way to test the drive.

Of course, I've now bought a DLT drive, anyway....


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