dell scsi tape drive

Posted on 2004-03-24
Last Modified: 2011-10-03
I have a Dell Power Vault 112T tape drive.  It has DDS4 tape drives that use Ultra2 LVD SCSI  I have a Dell Power Edge server with an Adaptec Ultra 160 PCI SCSI card in it.  Can this drive work with this server/card combination?  What cable(s) do I need to do it?
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dovidmichel earned 250 total points
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Yes they should work together just fine. I would recommend configuring the controller for a low DMA transfer speed of no more than 20mb/s.

As for which cable to use, Adaptec has a cable selector program that should take care of that quesion for you. It can be found at

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ok - i believe the adaptec link can help me...thank you - one more question as I am fairly new to working with SCSI devices - the powervault has 2 tape drives in it, each with 2 scsi "ports" on it - the scsi 160 card in the server has 2 "ports" on it - do i need to run 1 cable from one port on each tape drive to the card?  and the extra port on each tape drive would be if i were to daisy chain scsi devices (which I don't want to do in this situation)
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Daisy chain the drives. The drives are slow compared to the controller and will in no way use up the band with.

I am not familure with this Dell product and after 10min on their site I was not better informed. So if this a box with two tape drives then the cable from the controller goes into one, and then a second cable goes from the first drive to the second. The second connector on the second tape drive gets a terminator. If this unit is a tape library then it also is included in the chain.

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so i need a long cable - controller to device - short cable drive to drive - and a terminator for the open connection on the second tape drive - i see - should work - thank you
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You got it.


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