Thanks Richard, I've already decided to bite the bullet and stay with LTO after all. RDX seems to offer no real advantage, and I want something that will last for 30 years, so LTO seems to be the only (though pricey) option. Oh well. I really didn't need that $1700 anyway (well maybe an internal drive will cost less-- one can only hope). The good news is I have about a dozen tapes, so at 2 1/2 years each they should last me a while. Many thanks, Jayney On Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:36:05 -0500, Richard L. Hess <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >Hi, All, > >I saw this thread and was going to ignore it, but decided not to once I >found out that RDX was HDD-in-an-otterbox merci, Henri, and thanks for >the image, Lou. Otters are wonderful--see "Ring of Bright Water" (The >book) and Point Lobos State Park. > >LTO was around while I was still doing broadcast consulting and, at the >time (late 1990s, early 2000s). > >I struggled long and hard about how to store things and realized if I >were going to become involved with LTO, I would need two drives (how >else can you be even remotely certain that your tapes are readable once >your single drive dies--I certainly saw that in the early days of PC >tape backup. At that point, the cost becomes excessive. > >My philosophy now is: Any data I want to keep does not live solely on a PC. > >I have two in-house RAID-6 NAS units, one backing up the other; an ammo >case of 2.5-inch HDDs off-site (2 TB 2.5-inch USB 3.0 drives are pretty >economical these days and are USB-powered). > >One son has been migrated to the cloud where Dropbox backs up and >mirrors his two on-site laptops. Here, I harvest all new files (but not >updates to prevent pollution of existing files) and store them on my >RAID-6 NAS units to protect against a Dropbox failure or hacking. The >other son will do it soon, but the first one is potentially going far >away to school next fall for his Masters (Wichita and Edmonton are on >the list) so I wanted to get some closer-in history with the system. > >RAID-6 allows the failure of any two disks without losing data and the >data does not have to be chopped up into 1 or 2 TB chunks as it does >with HDDs. > >I do not keep CF/SD cards, I copy and verify the copy and then recycle >them. > >Cheers, > >Richard > >-- >Richard L. Hess email: [log in to unmask] >Aurora, Ontario, Canada 647 479 2800 >http://www.richardhess.com/tape/contact.htm >Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.