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Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

Sazzad
Occasional Advisor

Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

Hallo Deft,

 

We are using ULTRIUM LTO3 tape(400/800 GB) for our HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader.

But, planning to buy some LTO-5/LTO-6 tape.

 

I have seen from following link that, this type of Autoloader does support upto LTO-6 tapes:

http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/tape-automation/product-detail.html?oid=3319912

 

I am expecting expert opinion to be confirmed!

 
 
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Mr_NKC
HPE Pro

Re: Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

Hello,

 

The link you've provided clearly states that the G2 Autoloader supports LTO-6 tapes when u have a LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 tape drive installed. Since you've mentioned that you are presently using LTO-3 tapes with your autoloader, I presume it has either a LTO-3 Ultrium 920 or LTO-4 Ultrium 1760 installed. 

 

Therefore, in order to be able to use LTO-6 tapes with your Autoloader, you would have to first install a LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 tape drive. 

 

Hope this answers your query.

Regards,
NKC

I work for HP

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Sazzad
Occasional Advisor

Re: Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

Hello NKC,

 

Thanks for the detailed information. Would you like to confirm bellow queries please!

 

1. After installing LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 tape drive in my autoloader, still i can use LTO-3 tapes including LTO-6 in a same time?

2. Please share recommended procedure for installing LTO-6 Ultrium 6250 tape drive for OS 2012R2.

 
Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

1) no. A LTO-6 drive can read LTO-6, -5 and -4 tapes 2) install latest loader firmware, shutdown and swap the drives

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Sazzad
Occasional Advisor

Re: Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

That means, if we install LTO-6 drive we can't used LTO-3 tapes.

Because we have many old LTO-3 tapes as "data archieve".

I am afraid after ugrading to LTO-6 drive we will be unable to restore data using LTO-3!

Any idea or workaround solution that HP can suggest?

 
 
Mr_NKC
HPE Pro

Re: Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

Hello,

 

Since you've got many LTO-3 tapes, I would suggest upgrading to an  LTO-5 drive instead of an LTO-6 drive. Thereby, you would be able read all the LTO-3 tapes that you've got. 

Regards,
NKC

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Torsten.
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Re: Which type of Tape support HP Storage G2 Tape Autoloader

IMHO you have the choice:

 

a) get a LTO-5 drive

b) keep the old loader and get a new loader with LTO-6


Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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