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4mm Tape Backup

By groovewerx
Jun 9, 2002
  1. can i use my DAT recorder to backup my pc via s/pdif optical?
  2. Elcarion

    Elcarion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 169

    It's not likely. SPDIF is for digital audio connections. It sounds to me like you are trying to backup your computer using a DAT audio recorder. DAT drivers for computer backup have a SCSI or IDE interface. It may be possible to decode/encode SPDIF for general data but it would probably be very slow. I don't think you're likely to find anyone doing this.

    Here is an excerpt from the following URL:

    Can I back up Darwin to an Audio DAT?
    No. You can, however, backup to SCSI DAT. SCSI DAT is a format that will write data via SCSI on to a 4mm DAT Tape.
  3. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +8

    Oh man, that's the next thing I want! I wanna be able to schedule backups of ALL of my data to run like in the middle of the night and stuff.... You get some really big capacity tapes now as well.... None of this is cheap, of course.
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