Backup failing to mount tape

Discussion in 'Windows Small Business Server' started by Matthew Gibbons, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. I have a Travan IDE tape drive which was having problems backing up. Seemed
    that NTBackup was detecting the Travan TR7 tapes as miniQIC, and was
    sometimes failing to mount them. I installed hotfix 831664, which is
    supposed to address this issue, but now NTBackup is always failing to mount,
    and the removable media manager / NTBackup is reporting all tapes as

    Help! we haven't been able to backup properly for about a week now, and
    things are getting serious..!

    Matthew Gibbons, Aug 25, 2004
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  2. easy one.

    Get yourself a better backup device than that pathetic Travan thing.

    I have a client who I just couldn't persuade to go SCSI, not for tape and
    not for HDD, so he bought a system including Travan drive (and IDE RAID, but
    that's another thread). After several episodes where he attempted to restore
    files and wasted several hours getting to the point in the tape where the
    files were to find that only about 50% of them could actually be restored he
    sortta threatened me, 'OK Mick, get me SCSI DDS5, if it doesn't work better
    than this your goose is cooked'.

    His backup now includes all files on his system.
    It completes in less than an hour instead of the 3-4 it used to take.
    Restoring files takes minutes, sometimes seconds, rather than hours.
    Restoring files actually works.

    I can now tell him 'nah, the black one will be faster due to superior heat
    dissipation' and he'll order the black one.
    SuperGumby [SBS MVP], Aug 25, 2004
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  3. Funnily enough, I am using a DAT DDS3 and have the same problem and am still
    looking for a solution.

    Steven Teiger [SBS MVP]
    Steven Teiger [SBS-MVP], Aug 25, 2004
  4. Run the tape diagnostics on that drive. An antique like that might
    have thousands of hours on it and might just be worn out.

    Jim B. SBS MVP
    remove the mvp to send email
    Jim Behning SBS MVP, Aug 27, 2004
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