Retrospect will detect that the drive has compression and will override the
software settings, so having software compression enabled should not affect
performance if you are running Retrospect 4.3 with Ecrix's latest firmware.


Irena Solomon
Dantz Technical Support

> From: Rob Findlay <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Subject: Re: Ecrix VXA 33/66 tapes with Retrospect
> That's what I wanted to know
> Thanks Garret. Thanks also to Douglas who suggested I upgrade the firmware.
> Does anyone use software compression or is this a waste of time? I'm sure it
> slows things down even more.
> -- 
> Rob Findlay
> Mactherapy - Solutions & Support
> For Macintosh Computers
> *************************
>> From: "Garret J. Cleversley" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>> Reply-To: "retro-talk" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>> Date: Thu, 01 Mar 2001 11:04:19 -0500
>> To: retrospect <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
>> Subject: Re: Ecrix VXA 33/66 tapes with Retrospect
>> on 3/1/01 6:59 AM, Douglas K Wyman at [EMAIL PROTECTED] wrote:
>>>> I have set up one of my clients with an Ecrix VXA tape drive using the
>>>> above
>>>> media. It was my understanding that with the hardware compression built
>>>> into
>>>> the drive turned on I would get the full 66 Gig capacity. My client has
>>>> just
>>>> rung me to say that Retrospect is requesting a new tape & a quick
>>>> inspection
>>>> (over the phone via my client) of the original tape in the scheduled backup
>>>> set revealed that it has used 33 Gig. I will have to go & investigate this
>>>> but could someone who knows please tell me if I need to have software
>>>> compression turned on to get 66 Gig out of the tape or is there something
>>>> else making Retrospect ask for another tape.
>> 66gig is the maximum at optimum performance. IE: backing up word files on a
>> local drive.
>> I have the latest firmware in my drive and while it helped I still only get
>> about 34-38 gig per tape.
>> My setup is a dedicated machine running over a switched 100baseT network
>> backing up mainly graphics files. I get 180meg/min.
>> I am very happy with this as graphics files are very compressible (sp?).
>> Garret

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