Sony Tape Drive

Josef Karthauser joe at
Mon Aug 16 15:13:58 BST 1999

On Mon, Aug 16, 1999 at 02:44:18PM +0100, Steve Greenshaw wrote:
> Hi all,
> I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction to mount
> and use my Sony SDT-9000 series DDS tape drive?
> In /etc/devices there is an entry for 'st0' which is the unit number of
> the tape drive, but anything beyond that is a mystery to me. I'm running
> FreeBSD 2.2.5 and want to backup each of my 9Gb SCSI's ...
> Regards,
> Steve.

2.2.5?  You'll want to take a look at upgrading to 3.2 - it's much funkier :).

After a reboot, type '/sbin/dmesg | more'.  Does the tape drive identify itself?
If so then take a look at 'man dump' and 'man tar'.  These tools talk directly
to a tape machine.

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