Solved Tape Drive not shown on My Win2K3 Computer

June 18, 2013 at 07:14:33
Specs: Windows 2003 Server
I installed HP StorageWorks 448 tape drive on a windows 2003 Server but is not showing under Devices and Removable drive. When I go to Device Manager the drive is listed.

How do I make it appear under My Computer?


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#1
June 18, 2013 at 07:32:15
It probably just needs a drive letter manually assigning to it:

Control Panel > Administrative Tools > Computer Management > Disk Management

Find the volume which has no drive letter.
Right-click on it and choose "Change Drive Letter and Paths".
Click "Add" and choose a letter.
Click 'OK' and wait a few seconds.


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#2
June 18, 2013 at 07:43:39
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Tape drives don't have drive letters.

Are you saying that it doesn't appear in "Removable Storage/Libraries" in "Computer Management"? It won't show in Windows Explorer as a CD/DVD or USB drive does.

How about your backup software (which software are you using?)? Does it show there?


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#3
June 18, 2013 at 07:52:14
Thank you Phil22. What I mean by seen only in Device manager is that the tape drive is listed under libraries in Storage > Removable Storage. The drive is not seen along others like C: etc.

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#4
June 18, 2013 at 07:56:44
That's normal. A tape drive is no use without backup software, so it would be pointless to assign it a drive letter. Try the NT Backup software and see if you can use it.

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#5
June 18, 2013 at 08:01:06
ijack,
thanks for this useful info. I never knew Tape drives do not have associated drive letter. I have been asked to get a good backup software and my choice was Symantec backup exec. Please you could advice on a better option.

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#6
June 18, 2013 at 08:03:44
I'm not up-to-date with modern backup software as it's a few years since I managed servers, but Backup Exec was always a good choice.

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#7
July 1, 2013 at 07:13:29
Please can Symantec backup exec be used to backup client workstation to a server? I mean having a client/server sides that will do auto backup at scheduled time.

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#8
July 10, 2013 at 11:12:42
Yes, Backup Exec will definitely backup remote servers/workstations to a media server that Backup Exec is installed on as long as the hardware and software is supported. You should make sure that everything you are wanting to backup is on the Hardware and Software compatibility lists for the version of Backup Exec that you are using.

Lenora Moss
Technical Support Engineer, Symantec Corporation


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