[conspire] DVD as backup media

Greg Dougherty gregd at molecularsoftware.com
Mon Aug 11 01:26:32 PDT 2003

I paid less than $750 for my whole computer (not counting the monitor, which I
already had).

I like backups.  I'm not going to double the cost of my system so that I can
make a reasonable number of backups.

Tape drives haven't kept up with hard drives.  It sucks, but it's true.


On 8/10/03, Rick Moen <rick at linuxmafia.com> writes:

> Quoting Greg Dougherty (gregd at molecularsoftware.com):
> > The problem is that a tape drive with reasonable capacity just costs
> > too damn much, so it leads people to look for any alternatives.
> Reconditioned DDS3 tape drives for less than $750 are really easy to
> find, and DDS2 for under $550 -- and that's without even trying to shop
> around.  If you're realistic about the quantity and cost of media you're
> going to need over (say) a two-year period, DAT solutions come out _way_
> ahead on price.
> I don't think they're so much driven to look for alternatives as they
> are myopic about long-term considerations and kidding themselves on the
> number of backup sets they should keep per year.

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