I can’t comment on that setup - but watching with interest as I do have a Quantum LTO2 tape drive working in Linux (but it’s LVD SCSI) and I’m looking to upgrade it at some point.
What software are you using in conjunction with the tape drive unit? I assume this is for archiving or backups.
I’m not too confident it’ll work but I don’t really know for sure. In theory, it shouldn’t; because the U.2 connector on the motherboard is really just a PCIE connection, and according to the B&H spec sheet for the LTO-7:
the tape drive connection is a SAS 6Gbps connection, which would imply you’d need an expansion card with a sas controller to address the tape drive.
I’ve never played with anything like that tape drive reader so I’m not 100%, but I wouldn’t assume it would work. If I had to guess, I’d think you’d need something like a Lsi 9211-8i to make it work. But who knows, that’s just my guess.
Some server motherboards do have those connectors onboard since some motherboard’s have Sas add-in controllers integrated onboard.
I use a mixture of
mt-GNU) for backups, archives and controlling the tape drive respectively.
dump should only be used to backup filesystem snaphots, as it’s not wise to backup a live mounted filesystem.
You don’t want a RAID card, you need a SAS HBA (Host Bus Adapter). For example here’s a link to a list of qualified HBAs for all Tandberg SAS tape drives. The likelihood is these would work with your drive (but see if you can find an equivalent list for HP):
Hi all, first post so apologies for the necropost but it looks like the right people were here albeit a while back
I hoped that now you’ve all had a few years of experience with this I might benefit from your knowledge here
I’ve similar hardware to the OP above (modern CPU/MB , external LTO-5 tape drive, cartridges, SAS HBA) and I’d like to to use LTFS on a Linux daily driver workstation (not a dedicated server) used to edit and save/backup large video and digital camera RAW files.
- what software on Linux with GUI access can you recommend?
- what Linux distro flavors have better support for LTO, LTFS and backup software; Debian, RedHat, OpenSUSE, other?
- Does anything on Linux compare to the Windows Explorer folder drag-and-drop GUI-based LTFS support that you get on Windows 7/8/10 etc?
Any help with resources much appreciated!
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@CyberSocialist the thread is over 2 years old already so it might be better to just create fresh one.