SCO Unix 3.2.1 and tape drive compatibility

Posted on 2004-11-25
Last Modified: 2013-12-05
My client has an old pentium SCO Unix 3.2.1 which has a SE Adaptec 1742 SCSI card and they want to install a DLT8000 tape drive onto it. I know that the later versions of SCO Openserver and Unixware does support the tape drive but 3.2.1 is really out of my range.  Does anyone know whether it has any issues?
Question by:symbios2
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    SCO 3.x is very old, I'm afraid that you can't find the tape driver for the DLT8000 tape.

    You can run "sysadmsh" to find out if any built in driver for the tape, back to the old days
    when I used SCO 3.x, we mainly use FD tape drives. (I'm 100% sure that you can't use
    IDE tape for SCO 3.x, not sure if you can cheat to make SCO 3.x to use the SCSI DLT8000 tape).  

    It might need a lot of work.

    SCO is getting out of the market, why not consider move to Linux, Solaris X 86, FreeBSD.
    In case you app only run on SCO, consider upgrade to the current SCO version 5.x.
    SCO 5.x has better hardware support, and it support large filesystem, fast CPU and more
    stable ....

    SCO 3.x will have problem with fast CPU, fast and large IDE HD.


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