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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 tape:

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!