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4mm SGI dat drive
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Boogie]{night
2010-01-06 02:15:44 UTC
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WE had 3 indigo 2 machines years ago. We used these for Alias Studio
Tools. I had several models saved on 4 mm dat tapes. The drive is an
SGI SCSI external drive. I still have the drive and the tapes but we
switched to Windows Workstations years ago. Is there any way that this
drive can be run from Windows? Using XP Pro. My present workstation
does have a SCSI card in it.
Steven Hirsch
2010-01-06 02:32:00 UTC
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Post by Boogie]{night
WE had 3 indigo 2 machines years ago. We used these for Alias Studio
Tools. I had several models saved on 4 mm dat tapes. The drive is an
SGI SCSI external drive. I still have the drive and the tapes but we
switched to Windows Workstations years ago. Is there any way that this
drive can be run from Windows? Using XP Pro. My present workstation
does have a SCSI card in it.
What application was used to create the archives?
Boogie]{night
2010-01-06 03:26:20 UTC
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What application was used to create the archives?
We ran IRIX on the SGI machines. I think it was utility that was part
of that. Either that or you could navigate to the drive and save the
file directly there.
Tristram Scott
2010-01-06 09:54:40 UTC
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What application was used to create the archives?
We ran IRIX on the SGI machines. I think it was utility that was part
of that. Either that or you could navigate to the drive and save the
file directly there.
If you used the gui driven utility to back up to tape it was quite likely
writing using bru rather than tar. I don't know that it was ever ported to
other operating systems.

Best bet would be to either get hold of a working Irix machine, or post
your tapes to someone who has one. Check out www.nekochan.net for some
friendly advice either way.
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Boogie]{night
2010-01-06 13:17:36 UTC
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Thx for your help. I'm almost certain that it was tar. I will check
out your reference. Also...I bought one of the machines and have it at
home but have never actually used it since bringing it home. I'll try
bringing the drive home to see if I can get it going. I believe I
needed a terminator on the drive (it has two SCSI connections).
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Best bet would be to either get hold of a working Irix machine, or post
your tapes to someone who has one.  Check outwww.nekochan.netfor some
friendly advice either way.  
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Energy Consultant                  
Boogie]{night
2010-01-06 13:25:46 UTC
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Thx for your help. I'm almost certain that it was tar. I will check
out your reference. Also...I bought one of the machines and have it at
home but have never actually used it since bringing it home. I'll try
bringing the drive home to see if I can get it going. I believe I
needed a terminator on the drive (it has two SCSI connections).
The link that you posted does not work. I googled nekochan and got many hits but nothing to their site is working. Looks like exactly what I need tho.
Post by Tristram Scott
Best bet would be to either get hold of a working Irix machine, or post
your tapes to someone who has one.  Check outwww.nekochan.netforsome
friendly advice either way.  
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Boogie]{night
2010-01-06 13:26:56 UTC
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Thx for your help. I'm almost certain that it was tar. I will check
out your reference. Also...I bought one of the machines and have it at
home but have never actually used it since bringing it home. I'll try
bringing the drive home to see if I can get it going. I believe I
needed a terminator on the drive (it has two SCSI connections).
The link that you posted does not work. I googled nekochan and got many hits but nothing to their site is working. Looks like exactly what I need tho.
Post by Tristram Scott
Best bet would be to either get hold of a working Irix machine, or post
your tapes to someone who has one.  Check outwww.nekochan.netforsome
friendly advice either way.  
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Gary Heston
2010-01-07 01:13:19 UTC
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Post by Boogie]{night
We ran IRIX on the SGI machines. I think it was utility that was part
of that. Either that or you could navigate to the drive and save the
file directly there.
If you used the gui driven utility to back up to tape it was quite likely
writing using bru rather than tar. I don't know that it was ever ported to
other operating systems.
The Tolis Group produces bru for Windows, Linux, and Solaris, at least.

http://www.tolisgroup.com/

Not sure if this is the same bru, but I'm getting the current version set
up on Fedora with Fedora and Windows clients. (I have a 1.3TB test restore
running at the moment; took 26.5 hours to generate the backup.)
Post by Tristram Scott
Best bet would be to either get hold of a working Irix machine, or post
your tapes to someone who has one. Check out www.nekochan.net for some
friendly advice either way.
Sounds like the best option; pull them off and ftp the files to Windows.


Gary
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