The choice of a tape drive requires more parameters to factor into the decision. In general, if you are doing a frequent, regular backup, I would recommend something like an LTO drive which has a relatively high capacity and with data compression will be very effective for you. What's nice about the LTO drive besides its capacity and performance is that it is sourced from three different vendors that guarantee tape interchange. Other types of drives would work as well.
Evaluator Group, Inc.
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This was first published in October 2002