Just saw this on the MacInTouch Ecrix Reader Report page <http://www.macintouch.com/ecrix.html> >Date: Wed, 21 Jun 2000 09:36:21 -0400 >From: Matt Warren >Subject: More Ecrix notes > >Hello Ric, > >I have had similar experience with the VXA-1 drive. I run it with >Retrospect on a G3 that also runs AppleShare IP and backs up 5 networked >Macs. > >We initially had capacity problems with the drive. The native capacity for >their big tapes is 33 GB and we were getting around 20 GB. An email to >Ecrix solved the problem. The drive can be run in two modes, speed >optimized and capacity optimized. If you are backing up over a network >with some slow clients, you will not get the best capacity on the tapes as >the unit ships from the factory in speed mode. > >They offered to ship me a tape that would do the mode change just by >inserting the tape (much like a cleaning session). This can also be done >through their Windows utilities. I moved a SCSI card from a Mac to a PC >and ran the util and did the change right away. After all this trouble, I >noticed the unit has an admin serial port and I'd be the util could be run >from Virtual PC just fine. > >Since then, capacity is fine and the drive is joy to use. > >Also, we have the cool black model but they also ship a translucent unit. > >Peace, Matt Warren This explains why I only got 19 GB on my first tape! According to today's update, a Mac utility to handle the mode switch and update the firmware is due within the next two weeks. Hooray! Now I'll be able to double what I'm storing on those $80 tapes. Dan Knight, IS manager/webmaster [EMAIL PROTECTED] Baker Book House Company <http://www.bakerbooks.com> 6030 East Fulton 616-676-9185 x146 Ada, Michigan 49301 fax 616-676-9573 Macs for productivity, Unix for stability, Windows for solitaire -- ---------------------------------------------------------- To subscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To unsubscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Archives: <http://list.working-dogs.com/lists/retro-talk/> For urgent issues, please contact Dantz technical support directly at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or 925.253.3050.