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,


On Wed, 27 Jan 2016 15:36:05 -0500, Richard L. Hess 
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>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
>Richard L. Hess                   email: [log in to unmask]
>Aurora, Ontario, Canada                             647 479 2800
>Quality tape transfers -- even from hard-to-play tapes.