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Tim Jones
Re: LTO-6 tape archival storage location for residential garage - dust concern
on Oct 27, 2016 at 4:37:10 pm

In that environment, you're looking at larger particulates versus micro-particulates as the primary issue in storage. We have a similar environment in Arizona and we use simple SterLite and Rubbermaid storage containers for the 1,000s of tapes we store in our lab. Add skin, hair, and pet dander (we're a dog-friendly office) to the normal particulates because of the traffic in our lab and it gets very dusty. The normal Sterlite containers along with the normal tape cases keep that stuff off of the tapes. We have QIC, DAT and DLT tapes that have been stored in this manner for 22 to 28 years and we can still read/restore every one of them.

The main considerations that you should keep in mind are the humidity and temperature differences when it's time to restore data. In our case, the drives and tapes are in a same-state environment. However, if you are bringing tapes back in for restore from an environment where there is a 10ยบ difference in temperature or 15% difference in humidity levels, we recommend that you allow the tape(s) to acclimatize to the restore environment for at least 8 hours - or overnight if possible.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not promoting that you should be careless with your tapes, but on the other hand they are not items that will spoil if they are not handled "just so".

Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!

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