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Once much maligned as too slow, too expensive and too unreliable, tape is making a big comeback as a storage device in the PC world. Tape is in fact, in many cases, the best backup medium for the average PC user, if you get the right kind and use it properly. The advantages of tape:
Tape is, of course, far from perfect. While reliability is good, it isn't as good on some of the cheaper units as it is on more expensive tape drives. Performance is also less than ideal in many cases, especially when random access is needed to specific files on the tape. Fortunately, this needs to be done usually only when restoring data (backups are large, sequential writes and quite suited to the use of tape drives.) Newer, high-end tape drives such as DLT, in fact have very good performance as well (but again, they are not cheap.)
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