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Adding Ultrium 960 drive to MSL6030 Tape Library

Adding Ultrium 960 drive to MSL6030 Tape Library

I have customer who has MSL6030 Tape library (330731-B24) with one Ultrium 460 drive. Now they have purchased Ultrium 960 drive (AD612B) and want to add it to the library.

Library has SCSI slots on the library enclosure and existing ultrium 460 drive is hot swap one (don't have scsi ports on the drive itselfe).

New drive has scsi ports on the drive itself. Customer has a problem fitting the 960 drive in the library.

We are thinking that maybe the scsi ports from the library needs to be removed in order fo drive to fit, but we are not sure.

We checked on HP site and this model of tape drive is supported with this model of tape library so the drive should fit.

Did anybody had the same problem. If yes what was the solution.


Regards,

Goran
4 REPLIES
Marino Meloni_1
Honored Contributor

Re: Adding Ultrium 960 drive to MSL6030 Tape Library

The hotplug scsi card should not be removed, the LTO3 can fit in the library, obvioulsly you should use good cables and connect to the connectors on the cannister instead to connect them to the Hot plug card.
You will enjoy the higher capacity of the LTO 3 tape but you will not be able to reach the LTO 3 Speed specification.
Adrian McClatchie
Occasional Advisor

Re: Adding Ultrium 960 drive to MSL6030 Tape Library

The MSL 6000 have differnt drive sled/shoes.

Older units have a serial number 6-3 digits and these do not have the scsi connectors and the same sled/shoe for the MSL5000 units.

Newer units have a 5 digit serial number and have the new sled/shoe
Heshmat
Advisor

Re: Adding Ultrium 960 drive to MSL6030 Tape Library

The model that the customer had was the old model wich had the connectors on the actuall library, the new model has the connector in the actuall drive hence, the new model is not hot swapable. Here are some pics just for the record.
Heshmat
Advisor

Re: Adding Ultrium 960 drive to MSL6030 Tape Library

THe new drive shoe block the connector in the library that were used by the previous model drive shoe. all he needs to do is unplug the cables from the library and plug them directly to the drive. Here I send a picture of the old drive shoe.