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Tape Backups Hi, We use tapes to backup our computers and we've run out of space. Can we just buy a tape with bigger storage or do we have to replace our tape drive and get new tapes? Can we get any type or does it have to specific? I don't know the tape drive brand, but we use Sony DGD150P tapes and their space is 20GB/40GB. I'd really, really appreciate any insight on this. Thanks very much.

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  • Justin_carrC May 11, 2010

    It really depends on your tape drive. Tape drives will only support a maximum media size. If you are all ready using the max media size for your tape drive, you will have to get a tape drive that supports a larger capacity.

    To figure out the TD model

    In Windows: Device Manager -> Tape Devices

    In Linux: (depends on which flavor you've got, and what type of TDs you have (SCSI vs USB))


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You need to know the tape drive make and model (can get that from device manager) to find out the maximum size your drive can handle. Most drives are capable of using lower capacity tapes in higher capacity drives. If you are already using the highest capacity tapes your drive can handle then your options are to reduce the amount you are backing up at any one time, use more than one tape or get a new drive. Alternativly a cheaper option is to use external usb or esata removable hard drives.

Posted on Jul 18, 2008

Judging by the media that you are using then it looks like you will need to replace both the media and the tape drives, some of the larger VXA tape drives support using 1 media type in 2 different drives and the different drives allow you to store different amounts of data. But in your case you will just need new tapes and drives

Posted on Jul 17, 2008

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Highest capacity tape is the DDS-4 150M tape which you are currently using. You can upgrade your drive to a DAT72 or DDS-5. You will get 72GB compressed on 1 tape. Or you can upgrade your current drive to a DAT autoloader which can hold more that 1 tape at a time for increased capacity.

Posted on Jun 18, 2008

I cannot access the tape media but the engine shows that its running properly whats the problem

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