Does it matter where I store my backup tapes?

Tapes should be stored in a safe location, away from any electromagnetic sources such as a monitor, PC, or power source. Many companies use a fire-resistant container, available at office supply stores. However, even in these the tapes can still melt if subjected to intense heat. Some take the occasional full backup to a safe deposit box, correctly thinking that if the office is destroyed the tapes will still be accessible. Others have a different employee take each night’s backup tape home. Many large companies have a comprehensive disaster plan so that in case of a tornado or natural disaster the company can start up again within a few days. Often this requires that data be stored out of state, at a professional data storage facility.

November 1999

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