How to use new SSD and HDD drives most effectively

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Re: Great info so far

CAcreeks wrote:

Austinian wrote:

TEST a backup!!

Sometime in the late-middle 1980s my boss of the time bought me a SOTA Dell 386 with a gargantuan 150MB ESDI drive. with Autocad, Desqview 386, BRIEF, Xtree Gold, and several other software goodies.

Glorious! I greatly enjoyed my fine new toy, and carefully backed up everything to the 1.2 MB 5.25-inch floppies using PC Tools.

The ESDI drive crashed spectacularly one day, but no problem, have a recent backup! Except, floppies...one of which was apparently defective and the restore failed.

SOTA = state of the art? school of the arts?

Whichever makes more sense for you is fine.

Yes, a joke in the industry is that backups are "write only" usually.

Most tape drives were almost as unreliable as floppy disks, although that didn't stop vendors from trying. A new format appeared annually it seems. At some point the high-priced tape drives could be relied upon for a monthly cycle of full and incremental backups.

I never had a computer tape drive. Except the original cassette storage on the Atari 400.

We have it pretty good nowadays because HDD is extremely reliable in comparison.

Indeed we do. Compared to the early days, using PCs is incredibly easy.

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