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Hi Experts!

I had a issue with my Dell powervault VS80 tape device... something went wrong with the autoloader and there is no way I can to fix it because makes a craking noise, shows FB error on display..etc etc... spoke with my DEll support and this equipment is not longer on warranty (when we need it...is expired)... Any way I was wondering if I can't fix it (don't know yet if cost of fix will be higher that if i buy a new one) what other opcions can I consider if currentlly I'm using DLTtape IV to backup and I really need have a equipment to use the same tapes.

Any Idea, suggestion what can I do?

your help is really appreciated.

Thanks!
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by:MobiNet-ca
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In order to continue using the same tapes for both reading and writing you would have to buy another DLT IV device. Checking some of the bigger vendors sites like Dell, HP, Quantum I don't see any new devices currently available. You could look at Ebay or such for something used, off lease or end of life "new", I've bought some off-lease equipment that has been working fine for quite some time.

If you moved up to a VS160 (or newer) the tape media is backwards compatible in terms of reading data so you would be able to read any older backups you have on your DLT IV tapes. You would however have to purchase new tape media for any new backups you would be making.
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How much backup storage capacity do you need? Have you considered other non-tape forms of backup?
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Hedley Phillips earned 500 total points
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DLT is so old tech now that even our SDLT units are looking pretty old.

I would suggest eitehr buying another second hand DLT drive and continuing or if possible upgrade to LTO.

LTO4 is the latest and most current but the Dell units don't run with SCSI, they use SAS so would entail new cards/cables etc. But the LTO3 units are still SCSI so you can use your existing infrastructure.

The good thing about LTO is that it is backwards compatible.

We are in the process of moving from SDLT PV132T tape library and PV11T single drive up to a TL2000 and TL4000.

This will mean us having to copy data going back over 5 years from the old tapes onto the new format. Not a job I am looking forward to.
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by:ranyaid11
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TCB1,
is small what i need back up but still needs to be done anyway ha ha ha
around 300 GB daily...and around 3-4 servers.
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by:ranyaid11
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Thank you for the advice!
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We are finding that the 250Gb daily backup takes so long and also pushes/exceeds the maximum capacity of the tapes (You only really get 1.5x the native capacity) that the move to LTO will not only give me a bit of breathing speed data wise but will also be quicker.

BTW: Thanks for points.
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ok, I'll try then to look for a new device.
 
Thanks Again!
 
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