[lug] Tape Drive Recommendation...
nate at natetech.com
Sat Aug 19 15:37:01 MDT 2000
I have a friend who DOES work for Ecrix, and we have been using one of
the drives for a long time at work. It's faster than any other drive in
its price/size ratio, and it works well.
I'd highly recommend them over many of the medium-range tape drives out
Are they still putting the blue LED's on the external units? That looks
cool too! :)
On Thu, Aug 17, 2000 at 06:34:47PM -0600, Ryan Kirkpatrick wrote:
> I remember that someone at the last meeting was interested in
> recommendations for backup tape drives. I would first recommend looking in
> the archives for this list as this subject has been discussed before.
> Secondly, I would highly recommend the Ecrix VXA-1 tape drive. It can
> holds lots of data, is fast, quiet, reliable, and best of all it works
> fine with Linux (personally tested on Intel and Alpha platforms).
> Even better, Ecrix currently has a try-before-you-buy deal going
> on them, such that if you you buy the drive, you save $500 (nearly 50%
> off). That puts the price of the drive at just over $500 (for the internal
> version). That might sound overkill for a home setup, but given the
> current size of hard drives and the quality of most "home user level tape
> drives" that I have had the unlucky fortune to deal with, the VXA drive is
> worth every cent even for that home setup.
> Ok, I will get off my soap box now. And no, I don't work for Ecrix
> in any way, just a happy customer. More information about their evaluation
> program is attached below.
> | "For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." |
> | --- Philippians 1:21 (KJV) |
> | Ryan Kirkpatrick | Boulder, Colorado | http://www.rkirkpat.net/ |
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 14:06:56 -0700
> From: franks at ecrix.com
> Subject: Ryan, info you requested.
> Hello Ryan,
> This is info you requested on special promotions for VXA Tape
> Drive Products. This month's highlights:
> * Save $500 on VXA-1 Internal and External Kits.
> * Save $450 on VXA-1 Retrospect Bundles.
> * Savings with VXAtape Media 5-packs and 10-packs.
> This month's promotions good through Thursday, August 31, from
> the Ecrix Web Store, in US and Canada.
> This e-mail is sent only to subscribers. Subscription info is
> at the bottom.
> - Frank.
> PS: Do you know anyone who is in a market for a reliable and
> affordable high-performance tape drive? Forward this email
> and let them know about these great deals!
> VXA Tape Drive Promotions -- August 16, 2000
> WHAT'S IN THIS EMAIL:
> * Free 30-day evaluation on VXA-1 kits, plus $500 savings.
> * Retrospect software bundle offer, save $450.
> * New VXAtape V10 media with 20/40 GB capacity.
> * VXAtape media 5-packs and 10-packs, save up to $55.50.
> * What's included in a kit?
> * The VXA Tape Drive Sweepstakes.
> * How to unsubscribe.
> * Contact Info.
> PCWorld reviewed VXA and said "The VXA-1 offers several
> advantages over other tape drives." PC Magazine named it the
> "Best Storage Product" for 1999. So, what are you waiting for?
> Give VXA a try!
> All pricing is US Dollars, and offers in this email good only
> in the US and Canada, until Thursday August 31, and available
> only from the Ecrix Web Store, by going to:
> FREE 30-DAY TRIAL AND SAVINGS ON VXA DRIVES
> We're renewing our 30-day free evaluation offer for first
> time buyers. This is a great way to try out a VXA drive
> absolutely risk free. Try the VXA-1 drive completely free
> for 30 days. And, if you decide to keep it, get big savings:
> * VXA-1 External Kit, only USD $649, save $500.
> * VXA-1 Internal Kit, only USD $489, save $500.
> * VXA-1 External Retrospect Bundle, only USD $749, save $450.
> * VXA-1 Internal Retrospect Bundle, only USD $589, save $450.
> NOTE: Prices shown for SCSI-2/SE. Add USD $40 for Ultra2/LVD.
> To start your free trial, use this link:
> For info on VXA tape drives, go to:
> NEW VXAtape V10 Media WTIH 20/40 GB
> Check out the new V10 VXAtape with 20/40 GB of capacity. If
> you thought the V17 33/66 was too much, and the V6 12/24 not
> enough, then this one is for you! The V10 is the same high
> quality AME media as the V6 and V17, just a different tape
> length for a flexible mid-range capacity. List price $44.95.
> To get your V6 VXAtape, go to: http://store.ecrix.com/
> MEDIA MULTI-PACKS FOR QUANTITY DISCOUNT
> All of our media are available in 5-packs and 10-packs with
> savings over individual list price. We introduced these
> packs at the end of June, and they've been a huge hit.
> * 10-Pack of V17 (33/66) Tapes for $744 (Save $55.50).
> * 5-Pack of V17 (33/66) Tapes for $372 (Save $27.75).
> * 5-Packs and 10-Packs also available for the V6 and V10.
> To get your VXAtape media, go to: http://store.ecrix.com/
> WHAT'S INCLUDED IN A VXA-1 KIT
> VXA-1 INTERNAL KIT:
> VXA-1 drive, V17 VXAtape (33/66 GB), cleaning tape, QuickStart
> Guide, Documentation and Drivers CD-ROM. Choose SCSI interface
> (SCSI-2/SE 50-pin or Ultra2 SCSI/LVD 68-pin) and color (black,
> white). SCSI connector cables and terminators available separately.
> VXA-1 EXTERNAL KIT:
> VXA-1 drive in enclosure with cooling fan and power supply,
> power cable, SCSI terminator, V17 VXAtape (33/66 GB), cleaning
> tape, QuickStart Guide, Documentation and Drivers CD-ROM. Choose
> SCSI interface (SCSI-2/SE 50-pin or Ultra2 SCSI/LVD 68-pin) and
> color (black, white, red, translucent). SCSI connector cables
> available separately.
> VXA RETROSPECT BUNDLE:
> Includes Internal or External Kit (above), PLUS the award
> winning Dantz Retrospect Desktop Backup on a dual-platform
> CD-ROM for either Mac or Windows.
> To try out a kit or software bundle for 30 days free, use
> this link:
> VXA TAPE DRIVE SWEEPSTAKES
> If you're not ready to try one of our drives, you can still
> sign up to win one of the drives we give away each month in
> the VXA Sweepstakes. Go to:
> We have increased the odds of winning, by giving away one drive
> for each 500 entries in the Sweepstakes. The odds of winning
> are 1 in 500 or better. The winners for July were:
> * George Swan, Toronto Canada
> * Dale Anderson, Midland MI
> * Ian Lang, Nottingham UK
> * Tom Fletcher, Beaufort SC
> * Norman Murray, NC
> * Leila Covrigaru, Ann Arbor MI
> * Kirk Johnson, Richmond IL
> * Antti Leinonen, Joensuu Finland
> * David Lindsay, Palo Alto CA
> * Brian Huffman, St Paul MN
> * Kevin Lawson, Arlington MA
> * Lee Pfeifer, Bismarck ND
> * Adam McGaughey, Scottsdale AZ
> When you sign up, you can find out how to multiply your chances
> of winning by refferring others to the sweepstakes with banners
> or email.
> TO UNSUBSCRIBE
> Go to http://www.vxa.com/subscribe, and use this e-mail
> address: vxa at rkirkpat.net
> CONTACT INFO
> I'd be very happy to help out with anything that you need.
> You can contact me anytime.
> - Frank Saab
> Internet Business Manager
> franks at ecrix.com
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Nate Duehr <nate at natetech.com>
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