A tape drive is a device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape, often for archival or backup purposes.

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HP ProLiant dl360 G4 with external backup

We are running a HP Proliant DL360 G4 with external HP Storageworks Ultrium 960 tape drive attached at the moment. Unfortunately the tape drive failed over the weekend and we are looking to upgrade ...
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Simple backup tape wiping, from linux shell?

I have a pile of old unencrypted backup tapes I want to discard, and I'm looking for a really simple and free erase method. I have previously used the following method to zero hard drives on linux. ...
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Is it possible to upgrade a LTO3 drive to LTO5 or LTO6?

We have a ML6000 Dell tape library with a LTO-3 drive (part number KU838). Can this drive support LTO-5 or LTO-6 via firmware upgrade? I could not find any information about this on Dell pages. Is ...
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I have an issue with a tape drive cleaning cartridge

We have an Ultrium internal tape drive to do monthly backups. Last week, in the middle of writing a tape, it ejected it with an input/output error and started flashing the cleaning light. Of course, ...
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Bacula Loading Tape at the Wrong Library

I have two HP Tape Libraries installed on the Storage (LibHP08 and LibHP09), i tried to configure some jobs to access both libraries, but I'm having some trouble with bacula accessing the wrong ...
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M1500 having to cycle tape drive power when enumerating

I'm trying to use a M1500 tape library that is new to me. Whenever the SCSI bus enumerates (at BIOS load and when Linux is booting) the enumeration will hang until I turn off and back on the tape ...
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DPM thinks tape drives needs cleaning while info from driver doesn't

I have a Quantum Superloader 3 directly attached to a backup server running DPM 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2 fully updated. I have a problem where DPM keeps giving an event ID 3308: DPM could not ...
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ESXi 5.5 HDD and Tape drive paths

I got a new Dell server with a PERC H310 (2 HHD in RAID 1) and a SAS 5/E adapter for a Dell Power vault 4 tape Drive. I installed ESXi 5.5 with a windows 2k8R2 and a Debian virtual machine. I'm ...
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VERITAS Backup Exec does not accept tapes

VERITAS Backup Exec 8.60 Rv 3878 does not accept brand new Sony SDX3-100C tapes using a Compaq AIT 50 GB tape drive. I want to introduce new tapes to an ancient backup system as described above on a ...
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Which controller for external SAS tape drive

We're about to buy an external LTO-4 tape drive for our HP DL380g6 server, and since SCSI is on the way out, we'll buy a SAS drive, probably the HP StoreEver LTO-4 Ultrium 1760 SAS External Tape Drive ...
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Is there a version of mt for windows, or something similar?

First of all, I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question. I was torn between SF and SU, but I decided for SF when I saw that questions about tape drives are scarce in SU. I need to ...
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NTBackup fails, claims hardware failure or permission issue, but all hardware replaced

We have a server running incremental backups four times a week, and full backups once a week. It has been reporting hardware errors, intermittently but more frequently as of late: Error: The device ...
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Connecting our first tape drive (SAS) to SATA bus

Our small team is considering buying our first tape drive for backups. However, we are still lacking serious enterprise-grade servers and have to rely temporarily on SATA drives in our rigs. Cost ...
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Exabyte tape drive conversion to hard drive

I've never used tape drives before. For work I have to transfer some data from old Exabyte cassettes to a hard drive using an Exabyte tape drive reader. I don't have more information than this at the ...
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How Serviceable are Tape Drives?

I'm contemplating an auto-loading tape drive as part of a backup strategy. This would be my first experience with tape backup. The cost-effectiveness of tape drives seems to depend on the assumption ...
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Cannot compile tape kernel module

I'm trying to build IBM lin_tape module for a Ultrium LTO-5 tape device, but it's failing The OS is a Centos 5.4 x.86_64 When I run: rpmbuild --rebuild lin_tape-1.76.0-1.src.rpm It outputs as ...
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Why is this LTO4 Tape-drive not working

# modprobe mptsas # dmesg [ 4274.796796] scsi target7:0:0: mptsas: ioc1: delete device: fw_channel 0, fw_id 0, phy 0, sas_addr 0x50050763124b29ac [ 4274.939579] mptsas 0000:01:00.0: PCI INT A ...
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Is it possible to connect an HP 1760 SCSI Tape to a regular NON server board PC?

I own an Ultrium HP Tape 1760 SCSI, that used to reside on a Dell 2850, on an LSI SCSI card. That Server is now R.I.P. Sad to say. I want to connect the Tape to another PC, is it possible? What ...
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What fiber PCI-E card to buy? HP BL532A MSL4048 1 LTO-5 ULTRIUM 3280 FC 48-SLOT TAPE LIBRARY [closed]

I bought a HP BL532A MSL4048 1 LTO-5 ULTRIUM 3280 FC 48-SLOT TAPE LIBRARY I have a few quick questions: What is the best fiber card to buy for this unit? Can I buy a quad port fiber card and use 1 ...
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Backup tape compression

What things should I check to confirm that compression is actually happening on our tape backup system? Although the tapes are marked as 200G/520G (native/compressed) capacity, they seem to fill up ...
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RHEL5 do not see sas tape library

We have a tape library which is connected to a server by SAS link. Server is running OS Linux. OS doesn't see the tape library in /proc/scsi/scsi . We tried to rescan scsi bus(*1), but it didn't help. ...
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Internal LTO tape drive becomes hot

We use an internal LTO3 tape drive (HP Ultrium 920) in a PC (no particular server hardware) running Linux. The tape drive becomes quite hot - I don't have the exact temperature, but you may touch it ...
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Strange Symantec Backup Exec behavior

On one of our main servers (a Poweredge R510 running Server 2008 R2 Standard 6.1.7601 SP1 Build 7601), we run Symantec Backup Exec 2010 R3 (Version 13.0 Rev. 5204, 64-bit). Each night, we have a ...
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boot IBM p series 650 from 3580-L23 LTO-2 tape

We have a p series 650 that has a dds4 tape drive built-in. In the past, recover has been as simple as putting a mksysb tape into the drive and booting the machine. During boot, the machine detects ...
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Backup Exec has lost compression ability

We are running Backup Exec 11d (Version 11.0 Rev 6235) The server is hooked up to an HP Ultrium 440 tape drive. It has been performing very well for a few years now, it has processed about 3-400 TB. ...
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Hot Swap Ultra320 SCSI LTO-Tape Drive

Can an Ultra320 SCSI LTO tape drive (or any SCSI device) be hot swapped without needing to power down the system? The current LTO tape drive is the only device on the SCSI host. If the above can ...
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my LTO2 drive wants to be cleaned repeatedly

A normal functioning backup job for a long while suddenly began to fail around thankgiving intermittently and kept getting worse as time went on. Now it's failing daily. I think my tape drive may be ...
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Tape restore giving error incorrect block size - Win2k8

I'm trying to restore from tape and I am getting an error of incorrect block size. The software I used to backup is called BackupAssist and their support hasnt been the greatest. One weird thing I ...
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Difference between LTO half-height and full-height drives?

I've noticed that most tape drive vendors provide two options: full-height or half-height. The half-height drives are physically smaller and less expensive, yet seem to have identical specifications ...
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I-Series Daily Backup

I have just purchased a new tape drive that is not a library system. (Long story) It is a LTO4 and we would like to back up 2 days on one tape. Is this possible? The new system we ordered will not ...
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Small Business (70GB) Backup Solutions

I'm helping out a small business with their IT needs and a few questions have been raised over the quality/dependability of their backup system. Currently they have two servers in use with one ...
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Does there exist SATA tape drives in the native 800GB - 1TB range?

The largest SATA tape storage I have been able to find is 160GB native, which is the Quantum DLT-V4. Does anyone know of SATA (or USB3) tape storage with 800GB-1TB native capacity? Update It could ...
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Tape drive not showing at POST

I want to move our old LTO 2 tape drive down in order so our new LTO3 is the primary backup and if for any reason the LTO3 fails then at least I can backup critical data using the LTO2. I have moved ...
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Resolve error “Required Media Missing” for tape backup

I just recently bought 8 brand new tapes for the purposes of backing up my data to tape drives. I put in one of the brand new tapes in the drive and opened up Backup Utility because this is the ...
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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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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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Old QIC80 tapes - Anyone know a tape drive that has drivers for 2003 or XP Windows?

I have project where I have to try to load some old QIC80 tapes and see what's on them. I ordered some tape drives but they work only with Windows 95! Does anyone know about tape drive that reads ...
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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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Scratch Media in Backup Exec

So Symantec wanted $280 per incident to use their support line without a support contract. Yikes! What is "Scratch Media"? I noticed that all the tapes in my library that aren't currently being used ...
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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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Ultrium DT3 - Amber warning light and Red 3 on LED

Dell PowerEdge 2900 with IBM Ultrium DTO III installed. Tape drive ejects and accepts tapes and backup software successfully writes to tape but I have a red 3 on the LED of the tape unit and a ...
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HP DL180 and External SAS Tape Backup Drive

Is is possible to use the following PCI-E card with a HP DL180 server (specifically the 487507-371 model) - HP 4x Internal/4x External SAS PCI-E Adapter (416096-B2). If not what are the options for ...
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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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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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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 ...