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Old 03-22-2007, 03:26 PM   #1
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Question How do I find internal tape drive model?

A friend of mine has asked me to get a replacement (internal) tape drive for his Linux machine - ideally the same model as the one that has just failed. There are no markings on the front of the drive so how can I find out the model?

I don't know whether it is SCSI or IDE and have used my fairly limited knowledge to try and find out hardware information, for instance hwinfo does not run - I assume package has not been installed.

Not sure of Linux distribution - /proc/version gives:

linux version 2.2.14 (root@alisash) (gcc version # 2 sat apr 29 18:58:49 pdt 2000

I can't even simply open up machine as am not onsite & was hoping to have replacement drive before calling. Also have bit between teeth now and want to know how to find this out!!

Thanks for any help.
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Run the command 'lspci -v' and that will give you a good listing of all devices on the PCI bus.

If the drive is IDE it won't show up there. If you see a scsi card installed, you probably will have to lift the cover and look to see where it's plugged in. IDE bus or SCSI.

Hope this helps.
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Look at the output of the console command dmesg. If linux can recognize the drive (ATAPI or SCSI) then you should be able to see a make / model. You may not be able to find a brand new drive of the same model.
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You can give a try to :

#cat /proc/scsi/scsi
Old 03-23-2007, 11:37 AM   #5
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I use a scsi tape drive. I can see its name as /dev/st0. If yours is a scsi drive, a "ls /dev/st*" should give you its name. Then you can (assume it is /dev/st0, it probably will be if it is scsi) do a "mt -f /dev/st0 status" to get more information.


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