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Tape backup compatibility & Windows95

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I know it’s supposed to work, but I’m wondering if there are any specific problems that have beeen encountered with HP Colorado internal T3000 tape backup drive compatibility (glitches, Win95 device setup, etc., etc.)with Windows 95?

I’ve got WFW 3.11 and going over to Win95, so am particularly interested if there have been problems using backups made with this drive using Colorado Backup for WIN v2.9 running on WFW 3.11 and subsequently restoring them to disk with Colorado Backup for WIN’95 running (obviously) on WIN’95.

The other componenets (in addition to the drive itself):

Software bundled with the drive is Colorado Backup for DOS, Win3.x, and Win95.  The latest versions of the software, I believe, are Colorado Backup for DOS v4.8, for Win v2.9, and Win95 v1.70.

Uses floppy controller (they indicate 1 Mbits/sec) or optional controller card (their FC20 16-bit controller, for 2Mbits/sec).

Storage media:
Reads/writes QIC3020, QIC3020 WIDE, and Travan-3 tapes.

Dave Schneider
herblisa@intercall.com
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We have used the in a number of solutions that have moved from Win 3.1x to Win95 without a problem.  The only problem that you will encounter is later after using Win95 -- if you use long file names -- and trying to go back to Win 3.1x or Dos you will get some corruptions due to the long file names.

I have used Colorado's controller cards for years without a problem.  It is not necessary, but does increase performance.  On nice thing about these drives is you can use any version of their software (for the appropiate operating system DOS, Win 3.1x, or Win95) from your current version back and still have compatibility
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The compatibility problem mentioned is true for all tape drives if you use long files names in win95 and try to restore to DOS the file name will be trunicated.

You do not have to worry about specific software version comapatibility with this drive.
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