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    Backup XP-Pro (WinXP Pro v 5.1)

    I feel kind of stupid asking this question as I'm sure it's got a simple answer...but I'd like to unravel this knotty little problem.

    I have a SCSI tape backup drive on this PC. For the last several months, however, I've been doing my backups on a USB 2 external drive. It's fast and easy. This morning I needed to backup the drive from my wife's PC. It's on a removable cartridge. I slipped it into my removable cartridge bay (IDE drive bay) and attempted to back it up to a travan tape cartridge. I cannot get XP's backup program to let me clear the media, or recognize the media. It just gives me the unrecognized media message. It has worked perfectly before. I finally gave up and backed up her drive to the USB 2 external drive.

    The tape drive is a Seagate STT20000N that uses 20 GB Traven tape cartridges. Device Mgr says it's OK. The problem is the backup program I think. This is the WinXP Pro backup program.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks a lot, as always!

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    Re: Backup XP-Pro (WinXP Pro v 5.1)

    I'm sticking this reply in here in the hope that the findings may be of some help to others...

    After a lot of investigation using Seagate's diagnostic utilities, it turned out that the tape drive itself was defective. It is out of warranty, and Seagate will exchange it for $145 for a rebuilt drive. It occurs to me that for that amount I can have an extra hard disk; I already use an external USB 2 drive for backups; I'll use a second and alternate them. Tape for a workstation may not be worth the trouble anymore when one considers the price of hard drives today.

    A good way to get a USB 2 drive is to acquire a USB 2 external drive holder from USBGear ($69) and put a standard IDE drive in it. You get the same thing that Maxtor sells for almost $300 for less than half the price.

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    Re: Backup XP-Pro (WinXP Pro v 5.1)

    I'm sure glad to hear YOU examining other alternatives. I was hesitant to suggest that you get away from tape in this day and age. As you said, the price of hard drives (of whatever type) and the somewhat slow speed and occasional unreliability of tape make additional hard drives a much more attractive option. I'm sure we'd all like to hear how you finally come out.

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