+1 here. Still miss my old QIC tapes. (We need an old geezer icon!)
However, in my more clear-eyed moments I think I am really only pining for a psychological illusion. You knew your backup was proceeding because you could hear the tape drive whizzing and sometimes see the tape moving along. You don't get that physical feedback from hard drives* and you especially don't get it from SSDs. But there's no reason that fancy rust on a very long rectangle of plastic is better than fancy rust on plastic circles.
*Yes, I miss the little chirps that hard drives made circa 1992 too.