Driver for Onstream ADR2.60 IDE

Jeremy D. Pavleck judge at Pavleck.Com
Fri Aug 29 09:02:40 PDT 2003

While we're on the subject - is there any good backup devices in the 60Gb
range for FreeBSD that have a similar cost as the OnStream drive (what was
it again, 300$? something like that?)?
IIRC, my big beef with the OnStream drive (besides the weird format the
driver used and slowness backing up/restoring) was the low quality and low
lifespan of the tapes.
I can pay around $500-$700 for a backup device, I've just never used a
tape device that wasn't a quad-head 400+ tape capacity IBM drive so I'm
not sure as to what would be good for general home backup use of around
60GB a week or so. TIA

Jeremy D. Pavleck
jeremy at

On Fri, 29 Aug 2003, Peter Elsner wrote:

> Short answer: No
> Long answer: No, because OnStream isn't using a standard ATAPI driver for 
> their IDE drives.
> The make use of accessing the drive using very special commands in their 
> proprietary backup
> software.  Without the software the drive won't work.  I have already 
> contacted On Stream about
> this many times, (my boss insisted I get it working with FreeBSD), and to 
> no avail, they will not
> help me unless I'm running Windows.
> Peter Elsner
> At 05:42 PM 8/28/2003 -0700, you wrote:
> >I have an Onstream ADR2.60 IDE backup drive that I would like to start using
> >with my FreeBSD 4.8 system.  At startup I get a message via dmesg that there
> >is no driver for this device..... 'kay.  An hour of searching Google yielded
> >me no closer to a driver, so here I am....
> >
> >Can I use this drive with my system or do I have to bag it?
> >
> >Peter
> >
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