Suitable device drivers have to be correctly installed so that built-in or connected tape drives work flawlessly
A normal Windows installation already contains some drivers for tape drives, so that at least some
drives are recognized, but the correct drivers are not always present, which may cause performance losses and faulty operation
of Z-DATdump. It may also happen that some tape drives are not recognized by Windows, in this case they are also not shown
Unfortunately, Windows does often not install the optimal drivers for your tape drive!
The following video shows how simple the driver installation is for a LTO-6 drive:
You should not rely on the otherwise good Windows hardware recognition for your tape drives and always install the drivers
from the manufacturer’s installation CD. If you don’t have an installation CD or it is out of date, you should
try to download a current driver or installation package from the web site of your drive’s manufacturer:
We have tested Z-DATdump with many tape drives and also have them ready in our testing environment to test updates. We
have always obtained the best results with the original drivers from the equipment manufacturer.
Note: Some manufacturers of tape backup software install their own drivers, which cannot be used by Z-DATdump, of
course. If you already have a tape software installed, you also have to verify the driver installation.
VXA Exabyte Drivers
VXA Exabyte and QIC-157 Drivers
On some systems, Windows by default installs a QIC-157 driver for VXA Exabyte drives and autoloaders. This combination
does not work with Z-DATdump. You definitely need to install the driver from the manufacturer.