Try the new Quantum DLT drives.
As to tape being unreliable, that's the first I've read here. Yes, the drives do wear out but the tape is good for years and you can get the drives replaced or refurbed and you get your data back.
This has not been true about hard disks and to duplicate a 10 tape backup set in hard disks would be expensive. You can buy a new tape for peanuts compared to another drive plus... I've yet to find a hard disk unit with a write protect on it.
We have been using 8GB tapes to run a daily backup for the last several years for our small nonprofit agency. Fortunately, it has served us well in terms of our ability to restore files, but we have outgrown the 8GB capacity of our Seagate tape drive.
My question is what is a good backup system for a small NT 4.0 server (< 20GB) and a very limited budget? I've read that tape backup is less reliable than some of the new external hard drives, but they do not appear to be compatible with NT.
My initial thought was to get two portable hard drives (~80GB each), swap them daily to allow for overnight offsite storage of the previous night's backup. Then I learned that they won't work with NT...
Would it work to attach the portable hard drive to one of our Win2K workstations on the network and back up the critical drives on the server?
It has been suggested that we upgrade from NT, but I know that will be a very large expenditure for us. Would it be worth it since compatability is going to be an issue from now on?
Thanks for any thoughts on this.