Preventing Tape Drive Failure

Contrary to popular belief, tape drives are generally robust and reliable. However, there are three common mistakes that people make that dramatically increase the probability of tape drive failure.

Firstly, it is not well known that tape drives is differ considerably in terms of how long they are designed to operate each day. Each tape drive range has a specified duty cycle, which is the maximum percentage of time that the drive should be operational. For example, a drive with a duty cycle of 50% should be operational for no more than 12 hours a day, while a drive with a duty cycle of 100% may run continuously.

Secondly, it is not well known that data must be supplied to tape drives at a sufficient rate in order to keep them streaming, or else the tape suffers from start-stop motion. It's easy to imagine the wear-and-tear this places on the tape, and how the integrity of the data stored on the tape can be severely degraded.

Thirdly, poor handling and storage commonly causes damage to tapes and the drive. It's not a good idea to drop tapes or stack them in a pyramid on the floor; the tapes should be handled and stored carefully. Tape drives should be kept as far away from contaminants as possible; for example, they shouldn't be placed directly on the carpet or kept in dusty environments.

Tapes should always be stored in a different location to the server, in order to prevent a disaster that damages the server from also damaging the backups on tape. At the very least, weekly tapes should be stored offsite. To reduce the chance of fire damage or theft, tapes should be stored in a fireproof safe.

By following these simple tips, your tape backups should run reliably, and you'll avoid the costly exercise of replacing your tape drive.

Linus Chang is a backup expert and the lead developer of BackupAssist -- tape backup software that is simple and affordable, and perfect for small and medium businesses. Protect your Windows servers, including SQL Server and Exchange Server, to tape, REV drive, hard drive, NAS and more, at a fraction of the cost of other backup software.

In The News:


MarketWatch

With chip fabs gone, IBM's hardware future will be in high-end design
PCWorld
IBM may have sold off its chip manufacturing business, but don't count it out as a hardware force to be reckoned with. It still plans to fight on, developing faster computers and cognitive computing systems like Watson. IBM will pay $1.5 billion to ...
Newfound tension for tech's old guard: Abandoning hardware that helped it soarWashington Post
IBM offloads chip unitiT News
Can Big Blue remake itself again?Albany Times Union
Wall Street Journal
all 905 news articles »

The best accelerators for hardware startups
The Next Web
Adam Benzion is the co-founder of Hackster, a global community for hardware hackers and starters. A Microsoft alumni and a hardware entrepreneur, Adam moderates The Hardware Startup group on LinkedIn.

and more »

New York Daily News

Hardware shop posts sexist signs on window, sparking outrage among women
New York Daily News
Sexism apparently helps sell splice kits and safety switches. Tasteless tools who run a women-hating electrical supply shop in Midtown have been plastering misogynistic signs on its storefront window, appalling hordes of females who pass by. “Women ...


GeekWire

Private Azure Clouds Come To Dell Hardware
EnterpriseTech
The MS Cloud Platform System is described as an “Azure-consistent cloud in a box” that combines Windows Server 2012, System Center 2012, and Windows Azure Pack, the latter being a set of tools for running Azure in a datacenter, with Dell hardware and ...
Microsoft's Azure makeover features Dell hardwareDatacenterDynamics
Microsoft boosts Azure with high-performance instances, hybrid cloud hardwareGeekWire
Microsoft Earnings Preview: Focus on Hardware And Cloud SalesTrefis
VentureBeat -Wired -InfoWorld
all 557 news articles »

Load The Game

PS4 Slim to be announced at E3 2015 – hardware and aesthetics improvements ...
Load The Game
The PS4 Slim will allegedly feature improved hardware and refined looks to further expand its player base and offer players a better gaming experience. The wheels might be already set in motion secretly behind closed doors by Sony developers, and it's ...
PS4 Slim Expected to be Announced at E3 2015 - Will Likely Feature Improved ...WCCFtech
PS4 hardware bundle includes FIFA 15 and Minecraft for £350Computerandvideogames.com
PlayStation TV: Another Sony Flop?Bidness ETC
Kotaku
all 63 news articles »

Threatpost

Google Adds Hardware Security Key For Account Protection
Threatpost
The hardware Security Key is a small USB token that implements the FIDO Alliance's Universal 2nd Factor specification. It's meant for users who require a higher level of security on their accounts and users can buy them from Amazon or other retailers now.
Google Chrome Now Allows Use of USB Security KeyCIO Today
Google's 2-Step Verification Now Supports FIDO “Universal 2nd Factor” Open ...Tom's Hardware

all 83 news articles »

B&B Restoration Hardware caters to historic home clientele
Long Beach Press Telegram
LONG BEACH >> If you've had crystal glass door knobs or Mortise lock sets that needed replacing on a Belmont Heights Craftsman bungalow or a Spanish style home in the Wrigley neighborhood, chances are you've been to B&B Restoration Hardware Door ...


Terre Haute Tribune Star

Site of former hardware store cleared out, opening space for new businesses
Terre Haute Tribune Star
The building that formerly housed Ace Hardware on Wabash Avenue is being renovated to make way for several smaller businesses, an official with Sandor Development based in Indianapolis said Monday. “We're breaking it up into several smaller suites, ...


Longtime Muskegon city leader, former owner of Heethuis Hardware, Bernie ...
Muskegon Chronicle
Heethuis long was known as being the owner of Heethuis Hardware, formerly of 460 Apple Ave., in Muskegon, a business he inherited from his father. He also was a noted city leader, leading the charge for downtown development as a city commissioner and ...


Times Square Hardware Store Displays Trove Of Sexist Jokes
Gothamist
A Times Square hardware store is taking heat for the bizarrely sexist signs it habitually posts in its windows. Schacht Electrical Supply, located on 39th Street, boasts a rotating display of questionable aphorisms, ranging from “Women have really good ...

Google News

When Good Color Goes Bad...

Even with the popularity of digital technology, and the availability... Read More

Bluetooth Basics - Bluetooth Technology Tutorial

Bluetooth BasicsBluetooth technology is nothing new, but in many respects... Read More

Three Must Have Accessories For Notebook Computers

An Optical MouseNotebooks are normally equipped with touch pads which... Read More

The Newest Thing in Lighting - LED Lighting and What It Can Do

The other day my son said to me, what else... Read More

Preventing Tape Drive Failure

Contrary to popular belief, tape drives are generally robust and... Read More

Easy to Execute!

Plug and play equipment or hardware solves the problem of... Read More

Give Your PC a Monitor Makeover

Whether you are crunching figures at a front office job... Read More

Can I Use My Old Ink With My New Printer?

The quick answer is...yes and no.Consider this. How many printer... Read More

Refurbished Laptops are the Real Deal!

Laptop computers have found usefulness as portable media devices.Even refurbished... Read More

Flyback Transformer-How to Locate the ABL Line

Whenever there is a complaint about monitor contrast problem I... Read More

Moving to a New PC

Getting a new PC is exciting and a pain. It's... Read More

Intel Celeron vs Pentium

The Celeron and Pentium Processors are two of Intel's best... Read More

Expansion Cards Part 1: (of a 3 part series)

PCIThe expansion slots available on motherboards allow for a variety... Read More

Electronic Schematics Diagram-The Four Commonly Asked Questions

I came across quite a number of questions about electronic... Read More

5 Tips For Buying The Right Laptop Computer

It's easy to be intimidated by all the laptop models... Read More

Build Your First Computer from Hardware Scratches

Wow- if you do it first time and have some... Read More

TiVo: An Introduction for the Few Who Dont Know Yet

TiVo will change your life... for the better. Plain and... Read More

How to Check Your IP

So you need to check your IP address, for whatever... Read More

Computer Cooling Hardware

PC cooling systems are one of the hottest - and... Read More

Laptop Computers Instigate Classroom Revolution!

Have you noticed that laptop computers are beginning to dictate... Read More

Coping with a Serious Data Loss from your Computer Hard Drive

Data loss is an expensive reality. It's a hard fact... Read More

Thumb Drives - Great New Technology!

The ability to easily move data from PC to PC... Read More

Batteries for Your Laptop

With technology advancing more every day, electronics have become smaller... Read More

Rear Projection TV Facts - Understanding the Pros & Cons of Rear Projection in the Home Theater

Rear Projection Television - An Affordable OptionA great deal of... Read More

The Making of Energy Efficient Datacenters

The Crooked E: The Unshredded Truth About Enron is a... Read More