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NAND that's that... Flash chip industry worth twice disk drive biz

Charles 9

And it doesn't take consumer backup needs into consideration, as tape at this stage is only economical at relatively large scale, meaning it's only suitable for enterprises. Which is why most tape drives expect server-class interfaces like SAS or FC. At the consumer end, the key metric is price against capacity, and here rust is still the winner. It's also still manageable if maintained on a semi-regular basis, say with at least a mirror and periodic rotation and replacement, with perhaps error coding added in to deal with the occasional bit rot. I wish there was a better solution to archive packrat activities, but tape got priced out of the consumer market a decade or two ago. So for now it's USB rust drives for me.

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