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I have tape drive now, a used Travan 10/20. Not bad, not bad. Going to try my hand at automated backups again, we'll see how it turns out.
It's a tad slow, though I won't complain loudly since the price was
right. I backed up my 5.9GB /home partition with a
tar cf /dev/tape /home; I did not time it, but it took over an hour.
Here's how long it took to pull off 59MB of data near the end of the
real 109m38.125s user 0m1.230s sys 0m16.340s
That's nearly two hours' time to perform under 20 seconds of work. Yay for sequential data access!