dds-4 (and dds-3 for that matter) are much more reliable than dds-2. I've
been using a Mammoth ex8900, however, and find it to be more reliable than
any of the 4mm drives (faster too under most circumstances).

The 8mm tapes are a little bit more expensive ($45), but easily accommodate
40-gig, and the drive mechanism costs about the same.

Works with Retrospect using the advanced driver kit.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Steve Rothman" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "retro-talk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
Sent: Tuesday, July 18, 2000 6:33 PM
Subject: Opinions about DDS4?

> Hi all,
> Can anyone who's been using DDS-4 with a Mac for Retrospect Network
> backup comment about reliability and maintenance?
> Years ago I used to use DDS-2 (H-P) and go really fed up with tape
> heads that got dirty after minimal use, excessive cleaning
> requirements, complicated and ever-changing instructions regarding
> which brand tapes to use, alignment etc.
> So, I bought DVD-RAM instead, which after 18 months has been 100%
> reliable - never a media problem, never a file that couldn't be read,
> PERFECT. Unfortunately, DVD-RAM is just too small of an online
> capacity (2.6GB) and due to Retro's limitations on non-tape drives
> simply adding a DVD-RAM drive or two doesn't really serve to increase
> online capacity, if you use verification during the backup. (Also
> DVD-RAM's media cost is at least double than tape.)
> Sooo.... I'm back in the market for a tape drive, and my number 1
> priority is reliability and maintenance requirements. Any reports
> from DDS-4 users greatly appreciated...
> -Steve
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