Tape backup replacement policies

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Hi everyone, What do you use as a best practices to replace backup tapes? Do you wait until any error is reported by drive, autoloader or backup software, or do you change them after a specific number of uses or time? All constructive feedback will be welcome. Regards, Saturno

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For our full system saves we keep 7 years worth, then we destroy them. For all other tapes we have a 3 year limit.

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  • CharlieBrowne
    I have always waited till I got an error. That may not be the best policy.
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  • jinteik
    My side tape is 7 years, every 6 months tapes will randomly tested out..
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