[clug-talk] External Tape Backup

Shawn sgrover at open2space.com
Tue Oct 24 09:40:42 PDT 2006

Limited exp with tape drives here, but....

Wouldn't the drive simply appear as another device (/dev/sda1 maybe? - 
dmesg will tell you for sure).  If that's the case wouldn't a command 
something like this work:

tar cvf /dev/sda1 /home/myfiles/*

Note the destination file argument is the tape device - change this as 

There's lots of help online for tar and tape drives.  I got the above 
from this page: http://www.hsrl.rutgers.edu/ug/tape.html



Martin Glazer wrote:
> Hi All,
> I'mlooking to use an external USB tape backup unit on one of my Linux 
> servers - in particular a HP Storageworks DAT 72 External USB Tape Drive.
> Has anyone had any experience with using a USB tape drive under Liux? Anything 
> I should be aware of?
> Thanks
> Martin

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