Anyone using a tape drive under OS X

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by bunnspecial, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. bunnspecial macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    I've recently found myself in possession of an external SCSI tape drive along with a BIG stack of media for it(I found in a computational chemistry lab clean out, which has yielded a lot of interesting stuff).

    In any case, since my most-used Quicksilver already has a SCSI card with the correct interface in it, and I have probably 50 tapes, I figure I have nothing to lose by at least trying it out.

    The drive uses HP DDS-1 tapes, which, from what I can find are 90m each and are 2gb/4gb.

    I'm just curious as to what actually using this as a backup device would entail. Would I need a special program to "talk" to the tape drive, or is there a built-in Apple utility that I could use.

    I'd appreciate any thoughts on this.
     
  2. tampasteve macrumors 6502

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    I have read that you can use Carbon Copy Cloner to backup to tape drives, but I have never done it....
     
  3. gooser macrumors 6502

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    there are just better and cheaper ways these days.
     
  4. bunnspecial thread starter macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    What is cheaper than something for which I already have the equipment and media?

    Thanks, I'll try that. I don't have the drive hooked up yet, but am planning on doing so this evening.
     
  5. Hrududu macrumors 68020

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    Retrospect can do tape drives. I'm not sure what the last PPC version was. I haven't used the software since Time Machine came out.
     
  6. weckart macrumors 68040

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    I used an Iomega Ditto drive back in the day. That had tapes with capacities identical to DDS-1 and I used Retrospect under OS/2 for backups. Slow but did the job.

    Still have a Sony SDT-9000 sitting in a box with plenty of tapes.
     

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