View Full Version : Best software for LTO 4 on Windows ?
07-02-2009, 07:39 AM
Any feedback/recommendation for a simple archive/backup software to drive a HP LTO4 tape-drive from SCRATCH station? (Windows server 2003)
main usage: archive dpx files in TAR format
Thank you ;)
07-02-2009, 03:23 PM
IMHO, the best way to do this would be to set up a separate PC running Linux, and network that to your Scratch workstation. This way you can use actual TAR to archive & write to tape, ensuring maximum compatibility,
You can easily set this up for less than the cost of most Windows or Mac based software.
07-03-2009, 12:44 AM
Thank you for the feedback John.
Will we get fast enough speed trough Gibabit ethernet than with a local SAS connection to Scracth station ?
HP 1840 LTO4 tape drive data transfer rates is announced up to 240MB/sec. vs 125MB/sec for Gigabit ethernet.
07-05-2009, 01:52 AM
No, I don't believe it'd be full speed on gig-e. Our LTO-3 drives do get full speed service from gig-e, but LTO-4 is faster. Maybe with superbits / jumbo-packets gig-e could get pretty close to full LTO-4 speed.
10-20-2009, 10:47 PM
Why not use the software that came with the LTO4 drive? The HP software is pretty good and about as easy as it gets.
I am assuming you are backing up off of a RAID array. If so, you would take a serious performance hit over GigE, even with jumbo frames. Even over 2gig fibre it is hard to sustain the maximum throughput that LTO4 is capable of.