Know the quality of your tape
Do you ever wonder why your restores fail. The tapes were good when they left your computer room. Try putting a temperature and humidity recorder into your off-site tape storage box.
See what your tapes are exposed to. We discovered that 20 minutes in the sun on our loading dock increased the temperature drastically then when placed into the air-conditioned transport vehicle the humidity sky rocketed! Tape quality is negatively affected by these changes. Also if the tape is important, do a TAPCOPY to insure the data can be read before you file it away.
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This was first published in November 2004
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