PowerVault 100T TR40 Travan
knuffie at xs4all.nl
Tue Jan 28 14:59:00 CST 2003
At 10:23 28-1-2003 -0500, bscott at ntisys.com wrote:
> - tar will write some amount of data (less then 500 MB) and then fail
> with a short write error.
> - tar or mt will randomly fail with "I/O error" messages
> - tar or mt will randomly hang in the D (uninterruptible sleep) state.
> Ejecting the tape will sometimes cause them to unwedge and abort;
> other times the system will need to be rebooted.
> - The drive will wedge and refuse to do anything (even eject the tape)
> until power cycled.
> - Tons of errors in the kernel log about the device whenever it is in use.
Seems reasonable for a Travan tape drive. We had these problems very
frequently under windows NT4. The exact same problems. The NCR Unix box we
had did better about 4 times actually.
For every Travan tape failure we had on the unix box we had 4 of them on
the nt4 box. About every 5th tape or so.
We replaced them with Exabyte drives and never had a single backup fail in
1.5 years. Except for arcserve problems.
Note: this was _not_ Dell hardware but NCR material. Sort of.
It might just be your lucky day, if you only knew.
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