In my experience, Retrospect works great with two tape drives, if two 
drives will give you basically the online capacity that you need. 
Unlike a loader, you're not dealing with a goofy tape 
loading/unloading mechanism, and you have 100% redundant hardware if 
one of the tape drives dies. The only possible issue I see is to make 
sure periodically that drive A can read tapes made by drive B ok, and 
vice-versa.

UNFORTUNATELY, Retro doesn't work as well with two DVD-RAM drives if 
you want to use the "verify" option, since it foolishly ejects the 
first drive before it continues writing on the second. Is there any 
hope of getting this fixed, I wonder? -Steve


>Jeff,
>
>This will work. It's what's called a "poor man's loader." (Yep, really.) For
>more information, see p. 153 of the Retrospect 4.2 User's Guide under "How
>Retrospect works with Multiple Backup Devices."
>
>Matthew Tevenan
>Technical Support Specialist
>Dantz Development Corporation
>925.253.3050
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>> From: Jeff Compton <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>> Reply-To: "retro-talk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>> Date: Tue, 11 Jul 2000 14:06:27 -0400
>> To: <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>> Subject: Multiple DDS 3 drives - Can you do that?
>>
>> I'm new to the list.
>>
>> I have a G3/400 blue and white server (320 MB) running ASIP 6.3.2 file, web,
>> and print services along with Quick DNS and Retrospect.
>>
>> Been backing up for the past year with DDS 3 drive.  Now too much data to
>> back up server to one tape.
>>
>> Can I add a second DDS 3 drive to my SCSI chain to add expand my backup
>> capability.  That way I don't have to spend the $$$$ for a DDS 4 and all new
>> tapes. 
>>
>> Appreciate the help.
>>
>> Thanks.
>>
>>
>>
>>
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