[rescue] Exabyte 8500S - oui ou non?

Sheldon T. Hall shel at cmhcsys.com
Wed Nov 12 09:20:57 CST 2003

Among the namy items stuffed in the Challenge L is an Exabyte 8500S tape
drive.  A bit of googling indicates that this is a 5 GB drive (native) that
doesn't do compression, and that uses 8mm x 116 meter tapes.  Please correct
me if I'm wrong here....

I have the drive, but no tapes.

If the drive itself is OK, I'd like to use it, but I can't get much of a
feeling for the reliability and interchangesability of the thing.  Is the
8500S generally a reliable drive?  Will it write tapes something else can
read?  Will it write tapes _it_ can read? If I use the thing, what should I
look out for, as symptoms of an impending problem?


Sheldon T. Hall
shel at cmhc.com
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