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Kevin Johnson, <>

v2.0, 15 March 1997

This HOWTO discusses essential do's and dont's for the ftape driver under Linux. The ftape driver interfaces to QIC-40, QIC-80, QIC-3010 and QIC-3020 compatible drives. The QIC-3010 and QIC-3020 standards are also known as `Travan' (TR-2 and TR-3). These drives connects via the floppy disk controller (FDC). It does not cover SCSI or QIC-02 tape drives. DAT tape drives usually (always?) connect to a SCSI controller. This is but one of the Linux HOWTO documents. You can get an index of the HOWTOs from the Linux HOWTO index, while the real HOWTO's can be fetched (using ftp) from (this is the ``official'' place) or via the World Wide Web from the Linux Documentation Project home page.

1. Legalese

2. Revision History

3. The preliminaries

4. Getting and installing ftape

5. The Care and Feeding of Tape and Tape Drives

6. Hardware support

7. Backing up and restoring data

8. Creating an emergency boot floppy for ftape

9. Frequently Asked Questions

10. Debugging the ftape driver

11. Contributions

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