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I've used a ditto Easy 800 (external parellel version) for about 4 years now, it's currenly installed on an NT 4.0 Server (Which is also my desktop machine). It's set to do a scheduled backup of our network each night.
It's pretty reliable although sometimes if the machine hasn't been rebooted for a while the backup will sometimes fail, either with or without an error message. (But I'm not sure if this is an Iomega problem or a Windows problem).
I have only had a couple of problems with tapes breaking or going bad, but they are a few years old!
Speed is a bit of an issue, doesn't matter for backups, 'cos they're unattended, but a bit frustrating when you need to d a restore.
Overall not a bad drive, particularly as I can't afford a DAT drive.
Good op. I like to see ops on older bits of kit like this as there is loads of it about and info on it can be hard to find.
You may want to consider replacing with DVD-RAM rather than dat if your network is small enough.