[rescue] Too good to be true?

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Thu May 8 12:10:06 CDT 2008

Since my LTO1 drive has developed some intermittent faults, I went 
looking to see what repair/replacement costs might be, and stumbled 
across this interesting part number:


If you google that, you'll find it is quite widely stocked by multiple 
vendors including Amazon, and listed as an internal expansion drive for 
Overland LTO3 tape libraries.  At prices mostly under $200.

Yeah.  That's right.  An LVD-SCSI internal LTO3 drive, 400GB native 
capacity, brand new, for under $200.

Seems too good to be true.

Does anyone happen to know whether this is, in fact, a fully functional 
drive (aside from the lack of a bezel) and whether it could be used as a 
standalone internal tape drive?  If so, it seems an insanely inexpensive 
way to get into some large-capacity tape backup.

   Phil Stracchino, CDK#2     DoD#299792458     ICBM: 43.5607, -71.355
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