Autoloader / Tape library Software

The add-on module Z-TapeLoader upgrades the scope of application of Z-DATdump by adding controls for media changers, autoloaders, and tape libraries which enable automatic changing of tapes for daily backup. Z-TapeLoader has an easy-to-use interface and is recognized by the backup software automatically after installation.


Z-TapeLoader is shareware and is automatically installed together with the current version of Z-DATdump. After the end of the 30 day trial period, you can continue to use the application with some restrictions as freeware for personal use.

In the Z-DATdump free version, a maximum of 12 GB can be archived in one dump.

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Tape Library – Hardware

Z-TapeLoader was tested with tape libraries from the following manufacturers:

HP 72X6 DAT Tape Library Sony LIB 162 Tape Library Quantum Superloader 3 Tape Library HP Surestore Tape Library
HP 72X6 DAT Sony LIB162 Quantum Superloader 3 HP/Surestore
tandberg magnum 224 Dell Power Vault 124T Tape Library HP MSL 2024 Tape Library
Tandberg Magnum 224 Dell Power Vault 124T HP MSL 2024

Tape Backup Strategies

Using Z-DBackup, Z-DATdump and Z-TapeLoader you have full controll over your tape library. Specific mediums can be loaded manually or automatically which enables you to run completely automatic backups to the right tapes using various backup strategies. Below is a graphic of three of the most common backup strategies:

Weekday Backup 5 Days Weekday Backup 7 Days Generation Principle
Weekly Backup Weekly Backup Weekly Backup

The different methods for weekday backups are selected with the medium input field.

Through automation, human intervention is minimised and the risk of unnecessary data loss through human errors is greatly diminished.

Automatical Tape Backup with Tape Library

If you configure a tape backup in Z-DBackup with generation principle for simple daily backup, the automatical medium changes are added as actions before the backup.

Backup to Tape Library

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