>Watch out for media compatibility problems. I am involved in a
>dispute with Exabyte right now over this. Apparently there is
>no such thing as an industry standard tape, or so their support
>people are attempting to convince me. If you have to buy
>Exabyte tapes, your tapes may wind up costing you enough extra
>that you would benefit by throwing away the drive and purchasing
>one from a different manufacturer, that uses industry standard tapes.
Curious. What's the problem?
The only thing I have read in Exabyte literature has to do with tape and
cleaning cartridge quality and abrasiveness, not physical or magnetic
media compatibility. Problems with media include flaking of media
particles and the tape surface not being smooth enough. Exabyte also
warns against the use of video cleaning tapes as they are too abrasive.
I use my 8200 at home and am basically cheap so I don't normally buy
new-in-the-box Exabyte media. Most of my tapes are 112m Sony data grade
tapes bought at about $4US ea. out of overruns from a duplicating
service. They have not given me any problems. I regularly use an Exabyte
cleaning cartridge however, and blow all the dust out of the drive
Quote:>If there is such a drive.
In 8mm the only game is Exabyte.
Quote:>I am running Linux 1.3.20 (Slackware 3.0) on a 486DX2-75 (IBM
>PS/Valuepoint, IDE). I have been given an 8 mm SCSI Exabyte 8200 tape
>drive for use with Linux for backups, and was wondering:
>- Does Linux support such a drive?
Most definitely. mt and tar work fine. As Dan's post says, you will need
a SCSI adapter and you have to have a kernel with SCSI support in it. For
the BIOS-less types like Adaptec 1520 you will will have to tell the
kernel via the lilo boot prompt or in lilo.conf what adapter you have and
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