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October 12th, 2023 20:58

Desktop LTO6 SAS drive?

Hey all -

We're in need of a standalone, desktop LTO6 SAS drive as a backup for our backups to be able to restore from tape, and I've found an old Dell LTO5-140 half-height tape drive enclosure. I was just wondering if that enclosure could accommodate a Dell TKC16 LTO6 tape drive before I purchase it? Seems like it's able to accommodate lots of tape drives, but I want to be sure before we drop a gazillion dollars on some of these things.



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October 13th, 2023 02:54



I'm assuming you're referring TKC16 as the part number of the drive. If yes, it is for TL2000 or TL4000.;

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October 18th, 2023 00:08

TKC16 is indeed the Dell part number of the drive, I am not looking at it's compatibility in a tape library (we already HAVE one in a PowerVault TL2000) - I am looking at it's compatibility within a "desktop", standalone, SAS LTO-6 enclosure - specifically something like this:

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October 24th, 2023 06:49

It's essential to ensure compatibility when considering upgrading or replacing tape drives within an enclosure. Generally, tape drive enclosures are designed to accommodate specific tape drive models and generations, and compatibility may not be universal. In this case, you have an older Dell LTO5-140 half-height tape drive enclosure, and you're looking to install a Dell TKC16 LTO6 tape drive. Sometimes, even if the physical dimensions and connectors match, firmware compatibility can be an issue. Check if the enclosure and drive require specific firmware versions to work together. If you can't find clear information in the documentation, consider reaching out to Dell's customer support or technical support. They can provide guidance on whether the LTO6 drive is compatible with the LTO5-140 enclosure.

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