Tapes are used by a tape backup machine.

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How to properly format tape drives

I have just recently graduated college and have received a job working at a web development company. I have been assigned the task of setting up a proper tape drive backup system. Essentially, I will ...
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service for restoring tapes

I've got 30 to 40 LTO-1 and LTO-2 tapes that we used with BackupExec to backup our data. About a year ago we moved to another backup solution (Veeam). My LTO drive is dying/dead, and I'd like to ...
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Windows Backup job fails

I currently have a server configuration that allows me to schedule backup jobs and copy the specified folders to tape backup on 4MM DDS tapes. Unfortunately this is my first experience with tape ...
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Disk-to-tape using Networker and Data Domain

My previous question covered disk-to-disk backup to reduce our backup window, and now I also need to take the disk backup and move it to tape. Is this something I can do with Networker and ...
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How do you monitor the performance of a character device (e.g. tape drive)?

There are many ways to monitor block device performance: dstat and iostat, heck, even sar will give you data on block device I/O rates. Unfortunately, I don't know of any good spur-of-the-moment ...
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Backup solution advice for a small development team [closed]

I'm a developer who works from home and I get alot of graphics, apps and code that I need to backup. Thhe critical data is about 10GB and all the rest is about 100GB. Should I buy a tape device? Or ...
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When writing remote data to a tape is the local drive throughput a factor in backup speed?

I'm working on a project to speed up our daily backups. I've mapped out the nodes that the data passes through from start to finish as best I can looking for bottlenecks. I am not sure if I should ...
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How to write to a tape using hardware compression on Linux?

I have an LTO-4 tape connected to a Linux host and Linux creates all the usual devices for this tape as follows: /dev/nst0 /dev/nst0a /dev/nst0l /dev/nst0m /dev/st0 /dev/st0a /dev/st0l /dev/st0m I ...
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archiving on tape under Linux

I have a server with 8TB data, and a tape with high numbered 400GB tape cartridges. What would be the best solution to backup this server with the least effort ? I think after one full backup, I can ...
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Backup solution (includes tape backup)

What would be the best Linux based solution for backup (later maybe tape backup too). There are Bacula, Amanda, and others. Any suggestions which to learn ? (Now I use compressed tarballs simply)
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Tape software that presents library as network share?

I'm currently looking to design a storage architecture for a video production team. I've got the disk part sorted, but I'm looking for some advice on the tape library / long term archive part. The ...
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Back-up solution for Xserve + Xserve RAID?

I've got an Apple Xserve, connected to a 10TB Xserve RAID. I've also got several other Windows-based servers, and file servers, in the same rack. My current tape back-up solution runs on a Windows ...
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Do I need to run a verfication on LTO tape backups even though the drives themselves perform verification as they write?

We have an LTO-3 Tape drive in a Dell media library that we use for our tape backups. The article about LTO on Wikipedia states that: LTO uses an automatic verify-after-write technology to ...
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tar file modified bit (am I being BS'd to?)

I'm working on a project where I'll be using tar to incrementally backup data on a server to a number of tapes. According to a senior co-worker of mine, tar will "set special flags on files so that ...
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What are the benefits of using 2 LTO-5 in parallel for pure CIFS backup?

I use a NetApp FAS3240 as a storage system, and I'd like to attach an LTO-5 NDMP backup system (with Backbone) in Fiber Channel. What will be the difference of using 1 LTO-5 or 2 LTO-5 streams? Will ...
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Need help finding a SAS HBA controller for an IBM LTO 4 Tape Drive

I've got an older IBM x3200 M2 Server (MT: 4368) and I recently acquired a used internal IBM LTO 4 tape drive (FRU: 45E1125). The back of the tape drive requires an Internal SAS 29 pin connector (SFF-...
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Correct backup settings for overflow tape in Backup Exec

We have a situation where our backups sometimes don't quite fit on one tape, and there's no budget for a bigger drive. What we do have is two separate tape drives, so we've hooked them both up to the ...
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what are you using to store your LTO3 tapes?

I have about 50-75 LTO3 tapes stacked in my server room. Does anyone have any creative solutions on how to properly store them so they're easily accessed? All the LTO3 cabinets I see are thousands of ...
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Tape vs SSDs backups regarding long-term storage reliability

My question is very specifically about solid state drives, not regular hard drives. I would like to put in place a grandfather-father-son backup scheme, with the SSDs being used for the grandfather ...
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Hard Disk based storage library

We have a Tandberg T24 tape device to handle all of our long term backups right now. We decided that we're not backing up nearly everything that we would like to and that we still have a lot of ...
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How i can backup data from VMware to tape?

i have more than one VM ware hosted on ESX 3.5I and i want to connect it (VMware) to tape to make backup from vmware to tape .... I can do it? .... if yes HOW ??
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Server tape backup solutions?

Our server is now setup to run a basic Domain. Our other (older) samba server uses an Iomega Internal REV tape drive for backups. There is an advantage to installing another tape drive the same into ...
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Backup alternative to tape - inexpensive SAN? [closed]

I'm pricing SANs and the cheapest I can find are 36k; we're limited in our department to 25k in purchases before they go for approval. I'd love to get rid of tape backup, as they are cumbersome and ...
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Why are extended warranties for tape auto loaders so high (nearly 50% the cost of the drive)?

I have quotes for an autoloader + extended warranty and I am baffled by the high cost of the warranty uplift. HP LTO-2 Bundle $3000, 3yr extended service agreement $1280 Quantum LTO-3 $2912, 3yr ...
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Backups for online businesses - better external hard drives or tape drives

We are an online business. Currently we are using DVD's for our backups. The problem is we are running out of space. We are considering two alternatives here: external hard disk drives tape drives ...
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Best way to deal with DC600A tapes with deteriorating tension bands?

I have probably ~200 DC600A quarter-inch cartridge backup tapes from the late 80s and early-mid 90s. I have 2 drives that are capable of reading DC600A tapes, but the drives were destroying tapes. ...
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CA ArcServe r11.1 - have to switch Tape Drive Offline then Online to finish backup

Ill keep it brief, I have an HP Ultrium 1 in a server currently running CA ArcServe r11.1. I have 5 daily backup tapes, each of which are new. 3 of the 5 work fine without intervention but 2 of them ...
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Backing up oracle to TAPE

our Oracle database has grown very large as of late ~= 400 - 500 GB and saving to filesystem is not scalable anymore to us. We are looking at using RMAN to backup to tape (directly, not to fs then ...
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Backup Exec 2010 throwing error trying to restore Exchange mailbox

Error category : Resource ErrorsError : e000848c - Unable to attach to a resource. Make sure that all selected resources exist and are online, and then try again. If the server or ...
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Recommended Tape Library Backup software [closed]

I recently "inherited" a Tape Library (Powevault 136T / Scalar 100). and I was asking for some advise on the backup software to manage the Library. My goal is to be able to manage backups of all my ...
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Enterprise Tape Backup solutions

I'm currently attempting to re-architect a backup solution where I'm working. We've got 2 NAS devices, one in the office, one in the datacentre. The servers in the DC back up to the DC NAS, which ...
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Tape Storage - How do I setup a tape backup system for use with my NAS

I currently have a QNAP NAS with a raid 5 config (~600gb storage) but don't have a reliable backup solution. I've heard great things about tape backup systems (reliability, durability, etc..). How ...
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HP Storageworks 448 tape drive input/output error with Ubuntu

I'm trying to set a backup to tape of a machine using flexbackup. However any attempt to write to the tape drive (via either flexbackup or just tar) results in "/dev/st0: Input/output error" The ...
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StorageTek SL500 Serial Number from Netbackup

I have a Sun StorageTek SL500 tape library that I need to put in a service call, but don't have the serial number handy. Does anyone know if it is possible to get the serial number for the library ...
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What is “deduplication”?

I mean, I can look up the dictionary definition, but why is everyone suddenly talking about it in reference to virtual tape libraries? What's "new" here so that it's so much in the news lately?
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Inexpensive degaussers or HDD shredders?

Apologies, I'll simplify my question: Are there any degaussers or HDD shredders out there in the $500-1500 range designed for use as such that you would recommend for low-volume use?
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How best to backup 6x Win2k3 Servers

We have a external HP LTO3 tape drive. It needs to backup 6 Windows 2003 machines every night. Servers are HP DL380 G3 and the tape drive is attached locally to one of them via SCSI. On a budget of $...
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HP DAT72x6 autoloader

Hoping someone here has seen this similar issue and can offer soem advise... I have an HP DAT72x6 auto loader tape backup unit. The external kind, here is a link to an owner's manual I found of it. ...
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Compatibility of ESX 4 and LTO 3 with LSI2032 Dell Power Edge

does anybody know something about the compatibility of an LTO 3 Tapedrive (PV HH LTO 3 400GB) attached to an LSI2032 SCSI-Controller? These devices are added to an Dell PowerEdge T610 Server which is ...
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NDMP to VTL on a second SAN (with copy to physical)

I've got a Sun Storage 7000 that I'd like to backup/restore via the built-in NDMP service, since we've got an secondary SAN attached which is available via two 10GbE links to the primary storage I'd ...
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Bulk-erasing backup tapes

I have about 120 DLTape-VS1 tapes and 2 drives that are all near the end of their retention period, and have been superseded by newer technology. I would like to donate the whole package to my local ...
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Netbackup refuses to use tapes in library

Sometime over the Thanksgiving holiday, my Netbackup installation decided that it no longer liked the tapes in my library. It had worked fine a week ago with no changes that I can think of, besides ...
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If LTO-3 full backup takes more than one tape. What is my next step hardware wise?

OK. some givens to factor in I use Backup Exec 12.x/13.x, Have server 2003/2008 environment including Exchange. I have Backup to Disk (Full/Diff) happening that is independent of the backup to LTO (...
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Why are tape compression capacities always double that of the native?

Why are tape compression capacities always double that of the native?
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Is it possible to open Tar tape on Windows machine?

HP DAT DDS5 external USB tape drive connected to a CentOS 5 server. Some files are being backed-up directly to the tape using the Tar utility/command. If I connect the tape drive to a Windows machine,...
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How do you physically transport your backup media?

I currently back up to LTO-3 tapes, and I'm about to cross the threshold where a full backup will not fit on a single tape any more; the weekly and monthly backups will span two tapes. Well, I ...
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VMWare ESX/i 4 SCSI Tape?

Has anyone successfully used SCSI mapping to present a SCSI tape drive to a VM for backup purposes? My servers do not support VMDirectIO (VT-d), so I can't present the PCI device to the VM, and my ...
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Encrypt backups with GPG to multiple tapes

Currently, I use tar to write my backups (ntbackup files) to a tape drive fed by an autoloader. Ex: tar -F /root/advancetape -cvf /dev/st0 *.bkf (/root/advancetape just has the logic to advance to ...
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Choosing the right backup solution - SCSI vs SATA tape drives

I'm backing up about 100gb worth of data on backup exec and after much deliberation, have decided that tapes are worth another shot (after my ultrium decided to die and munch tapes). Bearing in mind ...
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Looking for a new backup solution to replace dying tape drive

We're running Windows Server 2003 SBS and another machine with Server 2003 Standard on it. The SBS server is about 7 years old running pretty much 24/7 - a HP server of some description. We have an ...