Thanks for the reply. I think this is an injustice to customers already
using tape drives with prior Microsoft operating systems. Now we have to go
and buy a third party tool plus the upgrade to Vista. I don't think I will
waste the money and will stick with XP.
I think this information should go into the online help so that customers
wanting to use tape drives know right away that they are no longer supported.
Taking it away is one thing and then not stating it so in the help and the
documentation is another. This is unprofessional and confusing. Usually
when an upgrade gets released one would expect additional and enhanced
functionality. In the case of Vista it will be a downgrade for those of us
that used tape drives.
"Rick Rogers" wrote:
> There are no plans that I am aware of to reintroduce tape drives to the
> backup utility. To use one you will need to rely on a third party backup
> product. The main focus of the included utility is to backup to alternate
> drive or network drive.
> Best of Luck,
> Rick Rogers, aka "Nutcase" - Microsoft MVP
> Windows help - www.rickrogers.org
> <WhatHappenedToTapeDrives@discussions.microsoft.co m> wrote in message
> > Hello, I cannot seem to find anything that indicates that Vista supports
> > the
> > use of tape drives for doing backups. Tape drives have longer media life
> > and
> > are very reliable. The current backup strategies do not allow customers
> > to
> > keep offsite backups. Tapes are the way to go for offsiting. Do you
> > expect
> > customers to buy a bunch of hard drives or use some 55 DVD's to do a 400
> > GB
> > backup. Are there any plans to support tape drives with the native backup
> > tool?