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Adding an external tape drive for back-ups


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Leehaa

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How easy is this? :whistling:

My manager has gone on annual leave for a few weeks and it may be that I have to go to a client to install one for them.

I have no idea what make/model it is - though I should have some details when I get to the site (hopefully) with the drive itself.

All I know is it's external and it's SCSI but i need to attach the card for it to the motherboard.

I also need to remove the old one.

Yesterday I passed a MCP 70-271, which involved trouble-shooting hardware, device drivers etc - so i'm not completely clueless...

But I don't have any practical hardware experience, as started in first - line support and have kiind of managed to work my way up without having to do any "hands on"

Any advice? Am I panicking unnecessarily?

Cheers,

Leah
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Does this mean it's quite hard to do??
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It just means not alot of people have occasion to do it or the topic was just missed, what i would do in your situation would be to find out the make nd model of the card that needs installed and go and get the manual from the manufacturers website and then read up on how to install it. I dont think it would be any more difficult to physically install the card than any other i cant say anything about tape drives because i havent seen one in a couple of years now they are kinda antiquated method of data storage.

You might have more bother installing any software required for it drivers should be easy but there may be automated backup software that needs configured you might need to know how to operate it.

When you install the card make sure you have all the proper tools with you, so anti static strap, precision screwdrivers and a set of pliers are the usuall, you will probably only need a screwdriver though but its good to be prepared if you dont have the tools nip down your local aldi or lidl you can pick up a nice little set for 3 quid.
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the physical install should not be difficult...do as scot said and read every manual that you can get your hands on....most importantly the one for the SCSI card...once that's installed...crack open the tape drive's manual and read it's install steps....then the backup software manual.....they're usually pretty helpful
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Thanks. I managed to find the order.

It's a: PV110T 100GB 80/160GB DCT VS160 tape drive

Controller card: Adaptec SCSI 39160 with 4m VHDI-68 pin cable...


Will research...
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