The new tape drive arrived today … I was a bit worried that it would ever show up, as the vendor I purchased from seemed to be pretty disorganized.
It seems to be ok. It’s even new. I was half expecting the unit to be refurbished, which I would be OK with, because the price I paid was $200 less then the next higher vendor.
The only problem with the tape drive is that it’s noisy as hell … louder than both of the servers put together.
One oddity I found … the old tape drive would erase tapes in under a minute … but the new tape drive wants to write over the entire length of the tape. When I issue the
mt erase command, it spins for a very long time.
Anyone want a marginally working SCSI DDS3 tape drive? 😉
[tags]linux, backup, tape, dds3, usb, scsi[/tags]