[Talk] Reality check...

Steve Jenkin sjenkin at pcug.org.au
Wed Sep 11 13:40:25 EST 2002

I had a thought & wanted a Reality Check on it.
It seems too obvious not to have been thought of before, so what's the

The cost of DLT & LTO tape media is ~$3/Gb.
The cost of commodity IDE drives is ~$1-2/Gb.  IDE enclosures with
either Firewire or USB are cheap & readily available.

Why aren't people moving away from tape media to removable IDE drives
[and treat them just the same way as tapes.  Normally kept on a shelf!]

Fulfills 'Cheaper, faster, better'...

What am I missing here??  Anyone heard of this being done?


Steve Jenkin, Unix Sys Admin
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