[OpenAFS] Commercial AFS backups

Jeffrey Hutzelman jhutz@cmu.edu
Tue, 10 Oct 2006 15:51:18 -0400

On Tuesday, October 10, 2006 02:14:32 PM -0500 John Hascall 
<john@iastate.edu> wrote:

>> I have AFS backup tapes going back 19 years, mostly in off-site storage
>> somewhere.  Some people may have the luxury of being able to look at the
>> contents of all of their backups and predict which ones are "important"
>> enough to spend time copying to new media, but most of us do not.
>> That's  why we maintain the capability to read old backups.
> How do you know you can read 19 year old tapes!?
> Unless you try.  And if you try, you might as well copy forward.

We do read tapes from that era, once in a while.  Recently one of my 
co-workers dug into ancient backups to recover the bboard discussion which 
led to the invention of the smiley.


-- Jeff