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LTO 6 Tape Drive Compatibility

Created: 05 Feb 2013 • Updated: 05 Feb 2013 | 5 comments
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My company will shortly be purchasing an LTO 6 Tape drive (manufacturer and model yet to be confirmed). We are running Backup Exec 2010 R3 and I need confirmation that the Symantec Tape Drivers will be compatible with LTO 6 Tape Drives.


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Gurvinder Rait's picture

BE 2012 has some LTO6 drives listed (refer Hardware Compatibility List)

BE 2010 doesnt (

Kiran Bandi's picture

First place to check is BE HCL:

DB1_FBUK's picture

Thankyou. So essentially we would have to upgrade to Backup Exec 2012 in order to be able to upgrade our Media hardware?

CraigV's picture

Yes, that's correct.

Be aware of the major changes to BE 2012 compared with other versions, and make an informed decision.

Check below:


Alternative ways to access Backup Exec Technical Support:

Kiran Bandi's picture

Yes, make sure you are choosing from the supported devices according to 2012 HCL.

PS: BE 2012 is a lot different from it's predecessors. If i were you i would wait till R2 comes out. No ETA announcements yet. The beta software will be available for download by the end of March, 2013.

Beta testing: