Hi Jayney, greetings from France !

An intereting fact about RDX I believe : please check on the video I 
just found there :
and please do not miss the instructive comments among which one 
understands that RDX is nothing else than a common 2.5'' harddrive 
(brand is seagate) into a plastic box with a bit of rubber suspension. 
Do not be cheated ! I believe a bunch of external drives  (USB or 
E-SATA) will do the same job and save your money.

Having responsibilies in acquiring and preserving audio data, I usually 
make use of CF cards, making saves on 3.5'' harddrives exclusively, 
should they be raid arrays or non-raid, but always with redundant copies 
stored in different places.
If LTO seems to be the best placed for long term preservation of huge 
archives, I believe it is not convenient for a budget or a single 
entrepreneur and that redundant hard drives may remain the most 
reasonable option.

Henri (like Corey a happy user in the easy world of Linux)

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Le 27/01/2016 08:59, subscribe arsclist Jayney Wallick Jayney Jayney 
Wallick Bard at Large (206) 286-6691 a écrit :
> Thanks Corey,
> You say "continue with LTO if you have the data to warrant the cost." It
> took me roughly 2 1/2 years to fill up one 1.5 TB LTO tape. What I don't
> understand is that if RDX drives and LTO tapes both are lifetested to last
> 30 years, why is LTO better? I'm guessing an external LTO drive doesn't plug
> in to a USB port like an RDX drive. Also, as the computer repair folks keep
> reminding me, Windows 10 (that they just installed after completely
> rebuilding my system) doesn't support LTO, or tape drives at all. Does the
> IT model suggest using unsupported hardware with an OS? Just curious. Of
> course, maybe my system is no longer a good candidate for tape backup, but
> since it's just been rebuilt from the ground up, I need a good archival
> backup system that works with what I've got. That's why I was considering
> RDX. Thoughts?
> Many thanks for all your help,
> Jayney
> On Tue, 26 Jan 2016 17:15:20 -0800, Corey Bailey <[log in to unmask]>
> wrote:
>> Hi Jayney,
>> I would follow the IT model and continue with LTO if you have the data
>> to warrant the cost. BTW: The "IT model" suggests two copies of your LTO
>> tapes separated geographically with "near line" access to the files
>> being on separate media of your choice. The occasion of the computer
>> power supply going down and taking everything inside the case with it
>> (been there, done that) is basically the cost of doing business.
>> We asked for this when we taught sand how to think.
>> Corey
>> Corey Bailey Audio Engineering
>> On 1/26/2016 1:30 PM, subscribe arsclist Jayney Wallick Jayney Jayney
>> Wallick Bard at Large (206) 286-6691 wrote:
>>> Hi There,
>>> I record live music, and have been doing so since 1974. Several years ago I
>>> managed to transfer what I wanted to save to DDS tape, until I started
>>> recording to Compact Flash cards in 2012. Since then I've been backing
>>> everything up to LTO until late last month/year when my computer's power
>>> supply failed, frying the LTO drive in the process. I have only filled up
>>> one LTO tape in that time, and had started a second late in 2014. The
>>> partial tape had to be sacrificed to run the diagnostics used to determine
>>> that the LTO drive was damaged.
>>> I know of a service that can transfer LTO tapes to other media. My research
>>> seems to indicate that both RDX drives and LTO tapes are life-tested to last
>>> 30 years. Given that the RDX drive can be an external USB drive, and the LTO
>>> drive has to have a computer-specific SAS or some other such card to support
>>> it, and requires separate installation, which of these media do you think is
>>> more archival? Just to be clear, I record on two compact flash cards, so
>>> already have the audio files in two places when I leave the concert, and
>>> then go home and back them up to have a third place. Do you think there's an
>>> advantage, archivally speaking, between LTO and RDX, or is it six of one,
>>> and half a dozen of the other? I'd like to make a purchase decision by 1-29-
>>> 16 if at all possible, so if someone could please reply soon I'd greatly
>>> appreciate it.
>>> Many thanks,
>>> Jayney
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