[rescue] MY 9 INCH

bitrot bitrot at apshai.com
Wed Jun 15 16:10:10 CDT 2005

OVERLAND DATA 9 INCH with pneumatic feed.  DESKTOP UNIX made 1991
still working great.  SCSI INTERFACE and runs on my various desktops
just for that nostalgic look i have a 9 inch rack of tapes in my data
center (cough cough 2nd bed room)

On 15 Jun 2005, at 20:17, Mike Meredith wrote:

> On Wed, 15 Jun 2005 09:20:14 -0400, Jeffrey Nonken wrote:
>> OK, sorry. DDS panned, followed by ideas how to cheaply buy a DLT
>> setup, followed by this remark seemed like a rather scornful  
>> criticism
>> of my choices.
> I wasn't criticising your choice of DDS ... just explaining why some
> people (including me) tend to react badly when it's mentioned.
>> As a matter of fact, I spent $315 on the drive (eBay), plus more on
>> the backup software -- I forget how much and I'd have to find the
> Hell, I've still got an old Sony DDS1 drive around here somewhere  
> that I
> spent something like $1800 on a number of years ago. I've replaced it
> with a DLT drive from work that I know has only ever been lightly  
> used.
>> I have to wonder: How much of DDS's piss-poor reputation has been
>> because of this duty cycle that none of the manufacturers seem to  
>> want
>> to admit to? At least, not for any of the drives I've worked with
> Almost all of it? And to be honest it's deserved. Before work used DDS
> drives, they (not me ... I'm not quite this old) were using 9 track
> tapes which would have be in use for up to 24 hours at a time. Selling
> "tape drives" that can only be used for 2-5 hours at a time in a  
> market
> that is used to tape drives that can be driven hard is not only  
> foolish,
> but could be argued to be "not of merchantable quality" whether or not
> the small print was present.
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