Newbie: Touchy Travan tape drive rewind problem

Brent Wiese brently at
Wed Nov 12 16:35:09 PST 2003

I have to agree with Bill.

I don't like the "me-too" postings, but in this case, I can't recommend
highly enough dumping that Travan. I've never had one work for more than a
year or so before dying various deaths.

Get yourself a nice big 250GB USB/firewire drive and zip your backups tight.
You'll be a lot happier. :)

> -----Original Message-----
> On Wed, Nov 12, 2003, Christophe wrote:
> >I've installed FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE on a Dell 400SC with an 
> ATA Travan 
> >tape drive, accessing it through /dev/ast0.  On linear writing 
> >operations, it works great... but there appears to be some kind of 
> >timeout problem on rewind:
> A good general rule about using the Travan tape drives is -- don't.
> We used them for about a year until they started giving all 
> kinds of wierd
> problems that appeared to be hardware related, timeouts, not 
> able to read
> tapes after they were written, etc.
> Bill
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