Tape Drive alternative
Posted on 2001-06-07
Need an alternative to the current tape drive. Using Exabyte EXB-8900 drive with firmware revision 39. This is in a proprietary piece of hardware that dumps geological survey data directly to the tape drive. These older drives are needing to be replaced too often. There is no Operating System of any sort involved. Is there some way that we can hook onto the end of the 50 pin SCSI cable and receive the data to some other kind of device where we end up with it in a usable form. Data Collected runs up to 20GB a day at times. Currently the Exabyte tapes are then restored to a Windows machine for processing. The data compresses to about 60% of uncompressed form. Apparently there is a problem also with some of the replacement tape drives having newer versions of firmware and not working.
This should be a real challenge.
TIA for your help