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Recommendation for external tape

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Hi,

 

I want to use Retrospect to backup a fileserver to tapes. The server is a MacMini (maybe it will be a MiniServer) so I have to use an external tape drive connected via USB or Firewire.

 

Are there any recommendations and experiences? I would like to get an 320GB drive (160/320 native/compressed) and have seen DAT-drives from HP and Quantum and a VXA-drive from Tandberg Data (which seems to be inavailable). But actually they were not tested with Retrospect. There are many external DLT-drives, but all of them use SAS or SCSI, none USB/FW. Are there any relieable converters from SAS/SCSI to USB/FW?

 

Best regards from Germany,

 

Heiko

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Are there any relieable converters from SAS/SCSI to USB/FW?

No.

 

You really should not be doing tape backup without an autoloader.

 

Russ

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Not many, but there are some with FireWire.

 

Exabyte (now Tandberg) has a FireWire 10 slot autoloader with either their VXA-2 or VXA-3 drive.

 

Russ

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