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Two Recommendation Tape Drives

March 31st, 2010

A tape drive is a data storage device that reads and writes data stored on a magnetic tape. It is typically used for off-line, archival data storage. Tape media generally has a favorable unit cost and long archival stability.

A tape drive provides sequential access storage, unlike a disk drive, which provides random access storage. A disk drive can move its read/write head(s) to any random part of the disk in a very short amount of time, but a tape drive must spend a considerable amount of time winding tape between reels to read any one particular piece of data. As a result, tape drives have very slow average seek times. Despite the slow seek time, tape drives can stream data to and from tape very quickly. For example, modern LTO drives can reach continuous data transfer rates of up to 80 MB/s, which is as fast as most 10,000 RPM hard disks.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tape_drive

1. Seagate Replica 500 GB Complete Multi-PC Backup System with Dock ST905004BDA101-RK (Silver)

Seagate 500GB Tape DriveFeatures

  • Effortless, automatic backup for everything on your PC, including the operating system, programs and settings.
  • Simply plug in a single USB cable, click OK, and you’re backed up no tedious installation, nothing to configure.
  • Drag-and-drop from your backup copy to effortlessly retrieve accidentally deleted files.
  • Easily recover from a PC crash by restoring your entire system.
  • Password protection ensures that only you have access to your computer’s backed up files.

Technical Details

  • Drive Type: External
  • Capacity: 500 GB
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Spindle Speed (RPM): 5400

Price: $149.99 Price on Amazon.com: $99.99

2. Seagate Replica 250 GB USB 2.0 Complete Single PC Backup System ST902504BDA101-RK (Silver)

Seagate 250GB Tape Drive Features

  • Effortless, automatic backup for everything on your PC, including the operating system, programs and settings.
  • Simply plug in a single USB cable, click OK, and you’re backed up no tedious installation, nothing to configure.
  • Drag-and-drop from your backup copy to effortlessly retrieve accidentally deleted files.
  • Easily recover from a PC crash by restoring your entire system.
  • Password protection ensures that only you have access to your computer’s backed up files.

Technical Details

  • Drive Type: External
  • Capacity: 250 GB
  • Interface: USB 2.0
  • Spindle Speed (RPM): 5400

Price: $129.99 Price on Amazon.com: $69.99

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