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    Sharing Tape Drive

    I have my system running Windows XP with no problems (Really like XP!!) which I
    installed onto a clean HD. The mistake I made is that I did not save off some
    files to another HD and need to recover them from a tape backup that was made
    from a version of Cheyenne Backup that will not run under XP (Even in
    compatibilty mode) The tape engine will start but not run.

    The tape drive is a Sony SDT9000 (DAT) on a SCSI bus. the backup program with XP
    works to the drive but will not read the Cheyenne tapes (So much for
    "compatibilty" between tapes). I also have a 100 base network up and running
    between my XP and Laptop which is running Window 98SE.

    My question, do any of you know how I can "share" the tape drive from the XP
    system to the laptop??? I have File & Printer sharing enabled on both the laptop
    (Win 98se) and the desktop (Win XP). The problem is that the tap drive is
    connected to the desktop (Win XP) and NOT the laptop. What I need to do is
    somehow get the laptop (Win 98se) to "see" the tape drive that is connected to
    the desktop (Win XP). Win XP did not assign a drive letter to the tape drive, it
    only shows up in Device Manager.

    Any help at all would be appreciated...

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    ileacy
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    Re: Sharing Tape Drive

    I think you are in a nasty place. The best solution I can give you is to multi-boot your system with your prior OS and XP. Recover your data, and keep going.

    I use this to temporarily support devices that have not yet been fully supported under XP (Onstream tape drive, ATI Radeon DVD player)).

    There is no way to get access over a network to a device that is not supported on the system it is attached to. You have to have the physical and logical connections working first on the hosting system.

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    Re: Sharing Tape Drive

    Hi Ian, Thanks for the reply. I think you are right but, to clarify, the host system, Windows XP, does support the drive and shows it in device manager. The Veritas backup software that comes with XP supports and uses it, just not in the data format I need.... All I need is to "assign" a drive letter to it so I can share it. That's what I can't figure out....

    I was hoping to avoid the dual boot (never needed it before) option. It complicates things.....

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    ileacy
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    Re: Sharing Tape Drive

    A tape drive is not a disk drive. You can *not* share it unless the software on the hosting system can transform it to a shareable virtual drive.

    At this time, you can not do that.

    Networks implement logical connections. Backup software needs either a physical connection to backup devices or a transparent logical connection.

    In particular, you can not access a tape drive directly across a network.

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    Re: Sharing Tape Drive

    I was afraid you were going to say that... I guess I'll look into what it takes to dual boot..

    Thanks again...

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