View Full Version : Travan Backup tape!
03-07-2002, 08:02 AM
I have one USB Travan type 4 (4 gig / 8 gig compressed) backup drive (made by Aiwa) that I'd love to use in my Mac OS X setup for backup purposes.
I have not been able to find a way as of yet, can anyone help? Any and all help appreciated!
03-07-2002, 02:01 PM
what happens if you plug it in? can apple system profiler see it?
03-08-2002, 06:40 PM
The Finder does not recognize the drive (whether tape is in or not) but the Apple Profiler does.
What do you suppose is my next step?
BTW - the model of the drive is AIWA TD-U8000, TRAVAN 8GB - USB.
Thanks for any and all input!
01-23-2011, 12:44 AM
I have the same tape drive I used under OS-9. It's a shame it doesn't work under OS X. Has anyone found a solution.
Better yet, anyone want to buy it? ;)
01-25-2011, 10:12 AM
Wow kid, that was NINE years ago!!!!
It's gone, long gone. I even had a huge tape array drive that was about $2k for server use, that had a similar story. I offered these TRAVAN drives for nearly nothing, no one wanted. They both went on the curb and found their way to Wall-E on some forsakken garbage heap somewhere out there.
Amazing how tech moves huh? I remember loading programs via cassette on old computers, taking about 15-20 minutes. Then when 5 1/4 floppies came out, WOW they were magical.
Now SSD drives look old in light of how some high-end tech folks out there (mostly gov't work), now look towards crystal storage for speed and size. Reminds me of Superman and his crystals in the snow-land of his northern layer.
hey, since when did Mac OS X Hints become part of MacWorld anyhow? I haven't been to these forums in some time
01-25-2011, 11:27 AM
To use tape, you need software to control the tape drive, Windows or Mac.
Mac software - try the current version of Retrospect - FREE !
If it works, you can then buy it. The 3 user pack is affordable for the home/small office user.
01-25-2011, 06:59 PM
I have the same tape drive I used under OS-9. It's a shame it doesn't work under OS X. Has anyone found a solution
Very simple solution: Go to the local supplier with $100 and get a USB stick that is both larger and faster than a 10 year old tape drive. I've got more memory in my camera today than the OPs tape drive could handle.
01-26-2011, 10:45 AM
I second AMO's suggestion. "Seems a shame to throw away a ... that still works" is an affliction of mine too; one that I try hard to resist with Acme's point of view -- it's dead technology. (Disclosure: I have an operating Mac SE/30 with an operating Internet card in it that I nurse back to health occasionally -- but that's history; I don't use it for anything.)
01-26-2011, 04:57 PM
Amazing. One day the iPhone 5 will be 'dead tech' good for nothing at all. . . and we don't even know what it's like yet!
Just bizarre to think about..
01-26-2011, 06:11 PM
I have an operating Mac SE/30 with an operating Internet card in it that I nurse back to health occasionally
Ooohhhhhh......... Retro Tech that works.
If it's old enough that's different. The 4Gb tape drive is in the Purgatory Zone - old enough to be obsolete, not old enough to be cool.
Now, if we were talking about an IBM System/370 tape drive...
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