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    Travan cartridge

    Has anyone experience with backup units using TRAVAN cartridges?
    Are they excellent, good, bad or to be avoided like the plague?
    Reliable? Long lasting?

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    Re: Travan cartridge

    My experience would make the plague a more acceptable alternative <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 alt=grin width=15 height=15>
    I went through 2 HP backup units and found them to be prone to failure after about 18 months.
    Personally, I would recommend you pay as much as you can for the drive. Our current unit - an HP C1533A - has performed flawlessly for more than 5 years now.

    From memory, the Travan drives were about 1/3 of the price of the DAT, with the tapes comparatively 3 times as expensive. Buying the cheaper drive turned out to be a false economy. Maybe I was unlucky - it will be interesting to see what others have to say.

    (I hate giving advice like this - sod's law means I can expect our drive to pack up any moment now.....)

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    Re: Travan cartridge

    Thanks,

    Another customer of mine has had failures twice after ca. 2 years of HP DAT units.

    I agree the cost of the cartridge is offputting but for 1 PC spending thousands on a high performance DAT backup system seems to be overkill. Also it will be running on Win ME and I've not found a DAT that the manufacturers say is supported by Win ME.

    I know about sods law, About 12 years ago I was at a seminar involving data security as one issue. There the speaker told of how they were away one day and at work had a hard disk crash. Guess what awaited me on my return. (My backup procedure was vindicated yeah!!!).

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