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By randylyle ·
We are in the process of replacing our 3rd tape backup in less that a year at a client site that is a extremely dusty environment. I was wondering if anyone was aware of some type of dust enclosure for an external tape drive or if anyone would have any recommendations of a drive that would work well in this environment. 4/8GB or 12/24GB options would be appreciated.

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by Cail In reply to Tape Backup woes & recomm ...

Hp has an automatic tape changer thas comes with a cover and protects the unit. It is a little expensive but it can hold 12 tapes and will automatically make the change for you.

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by pschuvie In reply to Tape Backup woes & recomm ...

Well I have only had a couple cases where the "environment" was the challenge and in both case "homemade" solutions were applied.

In the first, the tape unit had limited use, basically for performing nightly backups, and the daytime environment was harsh with particle matter.

The homemade fix was to get a cake cover (no laughing now) - modified it to allow for the
cord exit and placed a couple holes in it for air circulation - covered the holes with a washable filter fabric and let it set. When the nightly backup was performed the lid was taken off, backup ran, and the first person in the following day put the lid back on. Solved the problem and eventually relocated the entire unit to a more computer friendly location.

In the other case the tape drive was used more frequently during the day and needed ready access. Again we looked around and found a printer enclosure that had been used for a matrix printer to dampen the noise,
it had a fan in one side, so we drilled some holes in the other side for additional air flow, mounted a cut furnace filter over the holes, and put the drive in the enclosure. Ventilation was no problem, the dust was
very limited and the filters were changeable when they looked dirty.
Worked great for over a year and a half.

If your having that much problem with the tape drive, what does the unit look like that it is connected to?

What type of tape drive have you been using and what is the media form factor? What is it connectedto and what shape is that unit in?

Possibly mounting the entire system and drive in a system enclosure cabinet that
can be filtered would be the best bet.
Many rack mount systems have doors and such can be fitted with shelves. APC has a very nice racking unit.

Hope this helps

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by roberwel In reply to Tape Backup woes & recomm ...

Can the drive be moved to a less dusty area?
DDS drives require frequent cleaning, the more dust in the environment the more often you have to clean the drive.
You may want to consider moving the backup's offsite to a remote office or a NAS Backup device like HP's Surestore Autobackup.
http://www.products.storage.hp.com/eprise/main/storage/DisplayPages/summary.htm?DataPage=autobackup

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by jbcdoverspike In reply to Tape Backup woes & recomm ...

I understand your woes. I have the same problem. I would suggest using either an internal Sony ( have had an 8GB backup for over 3 years and just now dying) or an HP surestore. I have an external HP Surestore 24GB and have had no problems for a year now. A suggestion would be to place filters on all ventilation into the room with the servers. This seemed to help out at my office. Also make sure that they are located where it isn't walked by very often during the day.

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