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Can I use an LTO-5 library tape drive (such as IBM 46x6073) standalone?

Is it possible to use a tape drive meant for use in a tape library appliance/device as a stand-alone tape drive? In my case I am considering picking up an IBM 46x6073 tape drive and I see that it has ...
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How to add client in Symantec NetBackup 7.6

I have installed Symantec NetBackup 7.6.1.2. I want to archive my files in my file server on a HP tape. The problem is I can't add a client to Symantec NetBackup. How can I add a client?
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Tar to tape : block number and blocking factor

The 64 kiB blocksize is to maximize throughput and avoid "shoe shining". mt -f /dev/nst0 setblk 64k tar -c -v -R -b128 -f /dev/nst0 test_dir returns: bloc 0 : test_dir/ bloc 1 : test_dir/file_1....
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Is pushing zfs backup to tape for long term redundancy efficient?

Its quite expensive to move to tape, so for my setup, would it be efficient? Im looking for suggestions for efficiency towards either just building up my existing backup (SAN), and documenting it for ...
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Load/unload cycles for tape

I am trying to understand tape load/unload cycle in a data center setting. As far as I understand, tapes and tape drives, both have load/unload cycles. So each time a tape is loaded into a tape drive ...
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How to read an dar archive via LTO-6 tape

The /data folder was saved on tape with dar -R /data/ -c - | mbuffer -R 110M -P 90 -m 1G | dd of=/dev/nst0 bs=256k How can I test, list and extract it? I tried the following to test the archive ...
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Maximize tape lifespan best practice?

What is best practice to maximize tape lifespan: Append backups to the tape until it becomes full, then overwrite it before the next usage. or Overwrite the tape before it becomes full (for example:...
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System memory is fully utilized while using tape drive software

I'm using RedHat Enterprise Linux 6. When using IBM tape drive, it fully utilizes system memory in only two minutes. Here is the result of free -m command: total used ...
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Halting tar after locating entry or EOF in an actual tape archive

I've just been handed a pile of LTO-5s and a tape library, and the exciting task of extracting a subset of files. Order of magnitude is 60 tapes from said pile, around 10,000 files of 70,000 per tape ...
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Recover Windows Server 2003 Backup via Windows 8?

Can Windows 8 be used to recover a backup made with the Windows Server 2003 Backup application? I have a tape backup that was created on an old Windows Server 2003 server that is no longer functional....
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Use SATA cable on SAS Tape Drive

first of all i'm sorry for my english. I've an HBA similar to this with a SATAx4 adapter. 3 of those connectors are in Hard Disks drives, and the other is in a Quantum LTO-4 SAS Drive. That drive is ...
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Disposal of old 4mm tape cartridges

In cleaning out my home office, I see that I have a number of old 4mm DAT tapes. I no longer have a working DAT drive. Some of these tapes may have information that I do not want to have out in ...
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How to unpack an OpenVMS tape image?

I have a file that seems to have come from a DECUS tape on an OpenVMS system by way of non-VMS systems using FTP which means that VMS specific file attributes have likely been lost on the way. The ...
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How to connect Ultrium 460 tape drive? (Ultra320 SCSI)

I have the opportunity to get, for nothing, an Ultrium 460 tape drive, and LOTS of tapes, which would give me enormous amounts of storage space to frivolously use on nothing at all. The problem is ...
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How to fix the backlight cable into its place?

I took apart my laptop and found out that if I push the cable connector down with my fingers it works fine. I tried to twist the screws as tightly as I can (without ruining them) but as I move the ...
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Caveats when using WORM tape

I have been tasked with building a Linux audit retention solution employing write-once (WORM) tapes. I've read the st and mt man pages, and understand the ioctls. I readily admit I've never used ...
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How to access files stored on tape drive?

Helping a friend with accessing an old backup file (circa 2000) of some ProTools sessions provided by a recording studio on DAT-style data tapes. He has the tapes, and a Seagate STD 124000N SCSI tape ...
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Tape backups on audio-cassette tape?

I know that there are tape backup systems available. I do not know how they work. Can I use an audio tape recorder and audio tapes (like the 60/90 minute kind) and backup data somehow? (Pardon my ...
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Magnetic tape drives for backup

Magnetic tape is extremely slow, but also also extremely cheap. Is there any way to use tape to backup a computer? What is exactly this? A cartridge? A drive? Are there any inexpensive way to ...
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How to backup a large FreeNAS? [closed]

We have a 12TB FreeNAS box in the office, and are looking for a way to keep a backup of it offsite. We're considering (1) tape; (2) a bunch of bare drives (popped into a spare hotswap bay); (3) ...
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Why would you ever want to use tape instead of a HDD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Advantages/Disadvantages of using tape instead of disk As I've never used a tape drive, this is probably a naive question. I was always guessing that tape must probably be ...
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Can I plug in an external SCSI tape drive while the system is powered on?

I've bought an HP Ultrium external SCSI LVD tape drive. I already have an adapter in my server, but I need to know if I have to shut down and power off the server before I can connect up the tape ...
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Can data tapes be recorded/played on a standard cassette recorder? [closed]

I just bought a TRS-80 PC-1 pocket computer with a tape deck interface. The tape deck has 2 standard 1/4" Mono jacks (input [speaker] and output [mic]) and 1 smaller one labeled "Remote". None ...
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How do I get AIX Tapeutil to list the contents of a tape I backed up?

I can't figure out how to get tapeutil to list the contents of a tape that I just backed up. tapeutil -f /dev/rmt1 unmount tapeutil -f /dev/rmt1 mount ${TODAY} tapeutil -f /dev/rmt1 erase tar -cvf /...
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Advantages/Disadvantages of using tape instead of disk [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are tape archives still used? Possible Duplicate: What lasts longer: Data stored on non-volatile flash RAM, optical media, or magnetic disk? A lot of the backups ...
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LTO-5 systems compatible with Mac OS X Server

I am looking to implement an LTO-5 tape backup system on a currently shipping Mac OS X Server (10.6.7) tower (PCI Express Card compatible). This backup system would be used only to offload data for ...
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What format should I use to archive my home video DVDs?

I have an old video camera that recorded to mini-tapes. I would then burn the tapes to DVDs. I would like to back-up these DVDs to ensure I have copies of them. What format should I use to archive ...
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How can I read a reel-to-reel tape from the 1970s?

A close friend of my mother worked at DEC in the 1970s and 1980s. She recently passed away, and in sorting through her estate, my mother discovered some reel-to-reel magnetic tape. We are curious ...
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Converting home video tape to digital? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What do I need to be able to convert analog video (VHS, or an old camcorder) on a Mac? My mother has some old home movies recorded on video tape that she'd like to convert ...
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How to backup MiniDV tapes?

I would like to backup my MiniDV tapes using the FireWire port in a raw format (byte for byte) to avoid any degradation in quality. What (preferably open source) software would you recommend for ...
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Converting hundreds of tapes to MP3

I know that devices exist which can convert cassette tapes into MP3s via USB. I have hundreds of tapes which I'd like to convert. Are there any devices which can do this in a batch style - i.e. put ...
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Good tape drive for home user? [closed]

My home storage consumption has grown considerably over the past few years due to use of a higher resolution camera, and most recently a highdef camcorder. I've been using a ReadyNas Duo with 1 TB ...
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Is there a Mini DV tape to USB adapter?

I have Mini DV tapes, Hi8 or something lol. I have a camera that will not play them back, too choppy and cleaning has no effect. Is there a player, or adapter that can just read them into a computer? ...
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What do I need to be able to convert analog video (VHS, or an old camcorder) on a Mac?

I have a number of old VHS tapes, as well as some analog 8mm tapes. I still have a working VCR, as well as the camcorder that recorded the tapes. I'd like to convert these on a Mac (MacBook Pro) - ...
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Digitizing audio cassettes [closed]

I am looking for a freeware equivalent to Adobe Audition software i.e. a software for digitizing audio cassettes. Please suggest some.
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Filetype “.bak” starts with “TAPE”

I realize this isn't strictly a programming question, but I have a file with the extension .bak, and the file starts with "TAPE". What program produced this?
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Are tape archives still used?

In this blog post, Raymond Chen makes a reference to files being on a tape archive. Are tape archives still supported by windows and/or used?
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Convert a cassette tape recording to digital format

Has anyone been successful with transferring audio cassette tape recordings to a digital format? I would like to preserve old cassette tape recordings of my grandparents to some digital format: MP3, ...
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How can I make an actual compact cassette “tape” mix-tape from iTunes?

I want to make an actual compact cassette mix-tape as a gift for someone. I use iTunes to manage all of my music. So a few questions: If I gather a bunch of songs on a playlist for sides A/B of ...
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What Tape Drive Format are you using for backup? [closed]

I like the benefit of tape in that you get permanent snapshots of data at a given point in time, but popular business tape backup i.e. LTO is still expensive. So if you are using tape for backups at ...