[TUHS] Someone wants to use an exabyte
dave at horsfall.org
Tue Nov 26 08:34:02 AEST 2019
On Sun, 24 Nov 2019, Larry McVoy wrote:
>> They're worse than 9-track tapes, and that's saying something :-)
> Really? Are we talking about those tapes that looked like reel to reel
> audio tapes but bigger? Like this?
> Because those are 1000x more reliable than an exabyte tape, they just
> worked. Pretty much no matter what, you can spool up that tape and it
> will read. 30 years later it will read.
Please read my reply about print-through, build-up of gunk, etc. I'd be
surprised if a 9-track was 100% readable 30 years on.
> Exabyte won't read 20 minutes later.
Bit of an exaggeration, but yes in principle.
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