[rescue] Exabyte 8500S - oui ou non?

Ross Alexander ross at two-cats.net
Wed Nov 12 09:42:02 CST 2003

* Sheldon T. Hall:
> 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?

I've been doing my daily backups on a Sun badged 8500 for over a year
now with no problems. Much more reliable than any DAT drive I've used.

Ross Alexander
ross at two-cats.net

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