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This article is part of the Vol. 4 No. 7 September 2005 issue of Tools for successful data migrations
What you will learn: Pre-used tapes are becoming a popular and inexpensive trend among IT professionals. Become familiar with the possible risks of using used tape in your environment. There are some things you should think twice about before buying used: mattresses, running shoes and backup tapes. But according to Jim Milligan, executive director of sales and marketing at Imation, which makes tape media, buying and selling used tape media is becoming more common. "IT folks under operational cost pressures are reselling tapes into the recertified market," Milligan says, usually at the suggestion of a VAR who offers to take old tapes in exchange for a credit toward future purchases. Those tapes are then erased, repackaged and resold, usually at a discount of 20% to 50% over brand-new tapes. Related information Tape price hikes looming Tape is dead: Long live tape! How long does tape last, really? However, backup tapes don't always erase well. Imation engineers recently purchased four recertified LTO cartridges and could see enough residual signal to ... Access >>>
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