HP Colorado 20 GB Tape Drive
Data disasters are inevitable. So the only question is how well you can recover from one? Tape is one of the most reliable methods to backup your system and guard against data loss. It also packs the highest-capacity punch in a single piece of media. HP's Colorado 20GB tape drive is the newest entry in the company's Travan format line, featuring a 2 to 1 compression ratio, meaning the actual capacity of the drive (or native capacity) is 10GB, and 20GB when compressed.
The Colorado Backup II software provides the ability to backup or restore an entire drive or selected files. Users can perform scheduled one-time backups or regular backups on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. The software also creates bootable floppy disks, from which you can recover a totally disabled system. One quite useful feature is HP's Media Monitor; it tracks each tape's usage and warns users when it's nearing the end of its expected life.
The media is a bit pricey at $45 to $50, but it is still a good value for the capacity compared to other types of removable storage. The Colorado 20GB drive would be a welcome addition to any business or power user's data protection arsenal. The drive performs reliably and has more than enough data storage capacity and capability to guard against PC disasters.