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Ultrium 460 External Tape Drive

Laique
Occasional Visitor

Ultrium 460 External Tape Drive

I have an "HP Storage Work Ultrium 460 External Tape Drive (Carbon)" with SCSI interface. I want to use this through USB port with my desktop PC. Is there any SCSI to USB converter available for it or any other solution?
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Vincent Fleming
Honored Contributor

Re: Ultrium 460 External Tape Drive

Nothing supported by HP.

However, if you google for it, you'll see products from several reputable manufacturers (including adaptec) for under $100.

Good luck,

Vince
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David Ruska
Honored Contributor

Re: Ultrium 460 External Tape Drive

There are some on the market, but make sure the supplier guarantees it will work with the device AND your backup software. We had a lot of compatability issues when we evaluated these a few years back (for the field to use to update firmware tape drive from a laptop).

Performance may not be a good match either - check the specs.

The best solution is a SCSI card for this drive.

HP also makes USB DAT drives, if you need a USB tape backup solution.
The journey IS the reward.
David Ruska
Honored Contributor

Re: Ultrium 460 External Tape Drive

One other point to consider is that the USB-> SCSI converters may only be available with a 50 Pin (narrow) SCSI connection. If so, you would also need to have a 50 to 68 pin cable converter (hopefully with high-byte termination to prevent cable noise problems). This cut the transfer rate in 1/2 (running in 8-bit mode instead of 16-bit).
The journey IS the reward.