[Talk] Reality check...

Greg Black gjb at gbch.net
Wed Sep 11 13:37:25 EST 2002

Steve Jenkin wrote [to far too many addresses, which I have

| 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
| catch??
| 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?

Tapes bounce when dropped, disks don't.  Tapes fit easily in a
pocket, disks don't.


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