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Hello,
         i have a travan tape drive and i juste don't know how this is working (tape drive in general). What do i need to make a backup on that (of course i have the tape). I just don't know what type of program i need to make the backup.

 tx for helping
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by:Callandor
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I think Colorado Backup works with those drives.
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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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what's that ?? program ? driver ?
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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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i tried with the Windows XP backup. It recognize the Travan media but i still get this error message : "there is no free media available with the selected type."

tx a lot
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by:katacombz
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What is the operating system?

in 2000\xp you can use windows bcak up but first you nooedd to go to removable storage adn prepare the tape.
right click my computer and choose manage
click the plus by removable storage
then click the plus nest to the drive
then on teh drive its self
then on the right side right click on teh tape and choose prepare
once this completes
start>programs>accesories>system tools>back up
and select travan for the abck up media in the lower left corner.

this search should get you most anythign you would need to know from there
http://www.google.com/search?q=%22windows+backup%22+site:microsoft.com&hl=en&lr=&ie=UTF-8&start=10&sa=N

though the travan drive does not allow for hardware compression and windows back up only supports hardware compression.
so you wil only be able to get 10gb per tape

if you sue colorado back up or veritas abckup exec you can usse software compression and get 20gb per tape.

the most important thing to rember about tape drives is just like your VCR audio cassete player or 8-Track tape player you ahve to clean them it is recommended they be calened every 15 hours of actual use or 48 hours of medai laoded. so try not to just put a tape in teh drive and leave it there.
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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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tx a lot for the response.

Im on win XP sp2, i tried what u said (my computer-manager-removable storage) ... when i click on the plus of removable storage i only see two things : media folder and library folder. so this means i cant click on the drive and click prepare.

I also tried looking for vertias backup exec, but i cant dwl it.

tx a lot
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by:Callandor
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Both HP Colorado and Seagate have software that supports these drives: http://www.pcworld.com/resource/article/0,aid,18040,pg,5,00.asp
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by:katacombz
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click on the media folder with a tape in the drive then look on the right side of the screen and it shold show media unprepared\ready

right click on this and choose prepare.
back up 90 day eval can be downlaoded here:

http://www.veritas.com/Vrt/offer?_requestid=60247&a_id=2949&
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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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tx for ur answer ... but thats the thing ... when i click on the media folder, the tape drive doesnt appear on the right side

tx
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by:katacombz
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does the tape drive appear in the device manager?

if not you need to check the jumpers on teh drive, is it IDE or SCSI?

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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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yep it does appear
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by:katacombz
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what is listed under libraries?
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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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the tape drive is under librairies .... it is called "Seagate STT20000N SCSI Sequential device". But i dont see the "prepare" thing.

tx
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by:katacombz
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ok click the plus sign on the drive and there should be something that says media that trees out under it.
click on that  then look in the right pane
if there is a tape in the drive it should show up there
right click on the tape and choose prepare
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by:Pascal_La_Dalle
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there isnt a plus sign next to the drive :(
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by:gonzal13
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I have used an Colorado B/u many year agoand it worked great. Then I bought an HP unit for 400 dollars with a Travan tape. Colorado was bought by HP. Well over the years I could never depend on the tape. To avoid further problems I went to backing everything up to cd roms. From that point on I never had any problems.

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