[aklug] Forensics: looking for tape drive

John Jenkinson jenkinsonjp at yahoo.com
Wed Mar 22 08:25:34 AKDT 2017

at BP we used Exabyte. we had standalone, stackers, and robots. i'm thinking ebay or used market. then you'd need the software to drive the drive.as each vendor used proprietary formats for their backup/archive   knowing which package created the backup is critical.using dd to map block sizes and/or get a hint as to the software used to write the tapes.other software will be needed to skip over the EOV (end of volume)  (usually two end of files together)  if needed 

    On Wednesday, March 22, 2017 10:00 AM, Royce Williams <royce at tycho.org> wrote:

 Greg, is there a way to post a picture of the labels/model info on the tape itself, as a solid starting point for investigating options?
On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 6:40 AM, Royce Williams <royce at tycho.org> wrote:

The drive is probably something along these lines:
http://www.ebay.com/sch/Tape- Data-Cartridge-Drives/39976/i. html?_from=R40&_nkw=%22sun%22+ %228mm%22&_sop=15
... and the drive specs seem to be specific about tape capacity, so we'd need to find a reasonably good match to hedge our bets.

Modern NetBSD should probably have both hardware support:
https://www.netbsd.org/ support/hardware/scsipi.html

... as well as software support, using something like one of these options (or Linux methods possible as well):
http://ask.metafilter.com/ 73464/Restore-from-SunOS-413- dump-tape-backup

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 6:02 AM, Royce Williams <royce at tycho.org> wrote:

To be more precise ... what is the data capacity of the tapes? :)

On Wed, Mar 22, 2017 at 5:57 AM, Royce Williams <royce at tycho.org> wrote:

I don't have the tape drive, but I can put out some feelers. What size are the tapes?

On Tue, Mar 21, 2017 at 11:33 AM, Greg Schmitz <greg at amipa.org> wrote:

A local library made an inquiry yesterday about retrieving files from an 8mm backup tape recorded using Sun OS 4.1.3.  I'm assuming it was made using an Exabyte drive of one sort or another.  Does anybody have an old working drive or know of someone locally who might be able to retrieve the files?

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