Subject: Re: Tape backup recommendations wanted
To: Ken Hornstein <>
From: Olaf Seibert <>
List: current-users
Date: 01/26/2002 19:58:56
On Fri 25 Jan 2002 at 13:37:20 -0500, Ken Hornstein wrote:
> I bought a open-box 2000 DLT drive, and I use it every week to back up
> everything.  It's been rock-solid.  I've never heard anyone say anything bad
> about DLT (other than the price).

I have to say something bad about it then.

We have a HP "SureStore" 40/80 GB drive (actually a Seagate I think) and
it is broken already for the second time in 2 years. Of course that
became apparent only when we wanted to restore a backup, and it could
not read any tape properly anymore.

At HP's request we connected the drive to a windows box to run an
diagnostic program, and it resulted in messages like

    Drive reports a serious hardware failure (Error code 9049). Do not
    use this drive until it has been replaced

    This drive has logged a serious hardware failure (Error Code 9049),
    please replace this drive immediately.

If the drive knows it is defective, why does it not show it on the front
panel? I don't understand that.

In the past, we got several bad tapes, according to this drive. Maybe
they will turned out to be ok when we get the replacement drive.

___ Olaf 'Rhialto' Seibert - rhialto@polder --They that can give up essential 
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