Restore tapes created using tape library with stand-alone drive RRS feed

  • Question

  • My assumption is that you would be able to restore a tape created with a tape library using a stand-alone drive because DPM supports stand-alone drives.  But I am trying to see if anyone knows if this is supported or has experienced this. 

    My question stems from the failed robotic state of our tape library that is also out of warranty.  It is not used for production data backups but still used. 

    Can I just purchase a stand-alone tape drive to utilize instead of replacing a tape library?   Will a stand-alone tape drive read tapes previously written by a tape library?  I am speaking of drives/tapes that are LTO4.

    Thursday, October 1, 2015 8:46 PM

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  • Hi,

    Make sure your new tape drive can support older LTO. Then perform import tape. refer to

    We got primary site - backup using tape library (with 2 drives and autoloader) to backup primary site.

    To save cost, we only bought stand alone tape drive at secondary site so we can restore data at DR.

    Check out here as well:-

    Lai (My blog:-

    Monday, October 5, 2015 2:46 PM
  • Thank you for your reply and the useful links.  It will definitely save us money to just get a stand-alone tape drive.  I appreciate your time.  Take care and thanks again.
    Monday, October 5, 2015 3:12 PM