I got a external Ultrium4 SAS-drive connected to a SAS-PCIe-card. Under Win10 and Ubuntu I can access the drive, rewind and eject the tape.

So, what would be a good solution to backup specific directories to the tape? Is there something with a GUI that keeps a database of the stored files on a per tape base? Since it is for my local photo-archive I don't have the money for business-software...

  • Thank you :) Though it looks like the only way to backup that local PCs drives is to dump everything with TAR... :/ I tried it but the drive kept spinning up and down for every file.... is there a way to make sure the drive is fed with the right amount of data to keep the tapespeed steady?
    – Phish
    Aug 12 '19 at 20:01
  • Welcome to Ask Ubuntu ;-) Lemme call the attention of all the other old farts that remember tapes to this question. Together we should be able to figure this out.
    – Fabby
    Aug 12 '19 at 22:31
  • @Fabby: LTO tapes are still in current uses, mainly for archiving
    – cmak.fr
    Aug 13 '19 at 1:59
  • @cmak.fr I know. 0:-)
    – Fabby
    Aug 13 '19 at 9:13

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