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I need a back up solution for a PoweEdge 2650. I'm not sure if anything would fit internally for this rack-mount server, probably not. So If there is nothing internal then I need to find something external. It needs to be tape drive though. This is a company requirement to use tape drives so the tapes can be taken off site for storage. Is there something rack-mountable and under $1,200 (I'm probably dreaming) that would be suggested. What brands should I go with? What brands should I stay away from? I need to back up only around 30gigs of data every night but this will probably grow to 50gigs within the next 2 years. This is going to back up a Suse linux server.

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You're probably looking for a DAT drive, which people who run servers use.  This might work for you - http://h18006.www1.hp.com/products/storageworks/dat1224/
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It sure would be nice if I could find something that would fit internally for a PoweEdge 2650, I dont think this will work
http://h71016.www7.hp.com/dstore/MiddleFrame.asp?page=config&ProductLineId=450&FamilyId=798&BaseId=9841&oi=E9CED&BEID=19701&SBLID=&AirTime=False

This is what I have come up with. Do you have any better suggestions
http://www1.us.dell.com/content/products/compare.aspx/tapeb_enclose?c=us&cs=04&l=en&s=bsd

Show me exactly what you would get if you were in my position and we can close this question out.

Do you think I'm better off going with a internal drive and just buy a rack mount inclosure for it. Is that what you were getting at before? Im sure it would be cheaper that way? Im just looking other ideas thats all? I had looked at what HP had before I posted this question.

I would preferably not buy from either dell or HP :)

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illtbagu,

It's hard to tell initially how much expertise someone has based on a short note, so I wanted to find out if I would be able to help.  It's seems pretty obvious from your reply that you have a good background in this and that it exceeds what I know.  Too bad no one else was able to contribute and help you out - I think there are a lot of sysadmins and knowledgeable hardware guys out there.  I guess you should delete this question and request a refund.
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