I've got a 3 year old Dell Poweredge 2500 server. The OS is now W2K3 Server, with W2K Server before that. It came with a Seagate DDS4 tape drive (Scorpion STD2401LW). I use Backup Exec 9.1 for a daily grandfather-father-son backup. I've got about 16 Gigs of data, 15 of that being the Exchange server.
Over the two years that I've managed the server, about half a dozen times the tape drive has not been recognized by the OS or by Backup Exec. I've had to delete the drive from the system and then let the system redetect the drive and reinstall the drivers.
Last week, the tape drive was no longer recognized. So I deleted it, and the system does not detect it any more.
I'm getting tired about this constant problem with this drive, especially now that I can't seem to get it back. And of course this last problem happened a month after the warrenty ended.
I'm looking for recommendations on what I should replace the tape drive with. I will award points to all useful recommendations, especially if they point to a review that will give me more insight. (I've Googled all over the place and can't seem to find anything relevant to my quest...)
Should I just get another drive just like it? Or was this model a lemon?
Should I upgrade to a newer generation tape drive that can still read my DDS-4 tapes?
Or is it worth abandoning the old tapes to go with a new technology?
And can I keep this at a price that won’t cause the company owner to miss the payment on his Mercedes? :-)