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Replacing DAT160 tape drive Q1573A on an ES45 AlphaServer

 
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XiSagittarii
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Replacing DAT160 tape drive Q1573A on an ES45 AlphaServer

Is the DAT160 internal tape drive on an ES45 a hot-swap replacement possibility, or is the process more complicated involving a system outage? OS is OpenVMS/Alpha version 8.3.

 

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Bob Blunt
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Re: Replacing DAT160 tape drive Q1573A on an ES45 AlphaServer

Hot swap?  No, nothing in the specs for the drive imply that the drive is configured or tested for hot swap.  The packaging that I saw didn't even look like it had the capability to be installed or removed without taking the skins off the system to get to it.  IF your Q1573A is configured with a slide-in "container" with a lever for installing it and removing it into the drive bay that still doesn't guarantee that the drive is truly "hot swap" capable.  I wouldn't try it if it were my ES45, there are just too many things that can go wrong when devices are connected directly to a SCSI bus that originates in the system's backplane.

 


bob