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DDS Tapes lifetime

By Antonio Silva ·
I would like to know what is the lifetime expected for the DDS-2, DDS-3, DDS-4 and the cleaner tapes?
How long can it works safely?

Thank you.
Antonio Silva

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Replace Annually

by ghstinshll In reply to DDS Tapes lifetime

I Replace them Annually...

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Tape life...

by evillage In reply to DDS Tapes lifetime

The only thing I've found was on one of the tape vendor sites. They stated that their DDS3 product was good for several hundred passes, but that for safety sake should be scheduled for replacement after 100 backups or restores.

Cleaning tapes typically have a relatively short lifespan, check the documentation that came with the tape, generally good for 20 - 30 uses.

Real world, we've got eight tapes used in rotation on one server that have been in use five days a week for five years without reported problems.

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