[rescue] Exabyte 8500S - oui ou non?

Dieter Montanez dieter at plantcomputers.com
Fri Nov 14 03:35:25 CST 2003

I  run my backups on a old "Sparcstorage Library " (aka EXB-210) with a
"Exabyte EXB-8505 8mm Helical Scan tape drive". It takes like
18 hrs (yes eighteen !) to run a full backup twice weekly for 10 FS's with
a total of 35 MB. Average transfer rate is 620 Kb/s  and it uses a total
of 5 cartridges.

It works a whole day , though I do hardly notice it on my SS1000.



Sheldon T. Hall wrote:

>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
>206-780-7971 (CMHC)
>206-842-2858 (Home)
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