Removable Disk Drives - Overview

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Removable Disk Drives (e.g., Quantum GoVault, ProStor RDX, Dell RD1000, etc.) can be configured as stand-alone drives. All operations supported by stand-alone drives are supported by such devices. For more information on how to configure Removable Disk Drives and obtain a list of supported operations, see Stand-Alone Drives.

Removable disks are drive enclosure devices that retain a persistent drive letter in the Operating System, regardless of whether or not a disk media is loaded into the enclosure (similar to the behavior of floppy drives.).

Support Information

  • For information on MediaAgents that support this device, see the Devices section in MediaAgents - Supported Features, Agents and Devices.
  • Contact your software provider for a list of Removable Disk Drives (manufacturer, model) that are supported.
  • Windows MediaAgents supports the default cartridge format - NTFS.
  • For Linux MediaAgents, removable disk cartridge must be reformatted to FAT32. See Formatting Removable Disk Cartridge in FAT32 for instructions.

Other Considerations

On Linux platforms, when media from a removable SATA disk drive is manually ejected, the Operating System might have problems in sensing the media when reloaded. To ensure proper access, use one of the following methods to unload/eject the media.

  • From the CommCell Console, right-click the media and then click Unload.
  • Use the Operating System command to eject the media. For example, eject /dev/devicename.