The First Things You Should Know About Tape Backup Drivers
Widely regarded as one of the most secure and safe methods of offline data storage, tape backup systems are an efficient and highly cost-effective solution for data storage. In order for tape backup systems to function, they require a small series of components. First, the tape backup device itself. Second, a method of interface with a computer, which can be a USB, serial, Firewire, or other type of cable. Finally, a software device driver is required.
These requirements are essentially the same as most computer devices: the device itself, a connection interface, driver software, and the computer itself. What makes tape backup devices different from most computer components is that they are almost always used for backup and archival purposes, meaning that they probably won’t be used on a daily basis by most people.
This has several implications, although the major one is that the performance of the tape backup drive is not seen on as frequent of a basis as many other computer devices are. What this means is that if the tape backup begins to fail, then it often goes unnoticed until it is too late. Because tape backup drives are most often used for long-term, archival storage, this can mean the loss of entirely irreplaceable data.
What Do Tape Backup Device Drivers Do?
Tape backup device drivers function the same way that all device drivers function: by providing your computer with a set of instructions for how to use any given device. If a device has been connected to your computer, then it understands how to work with that device thanks in large part to its device driver. With tape backup device drivers, they tell your computer how to read the data found on a tape backup drive, as well as how to encode information so that the tape backup drive device can write data onto itself.
One way to understand the relationship between device driver and computer more easily is to consider a musician, an instrument, and the sheet music he uses to know what to play. In this analogy, the computer is the musician, the device is the instrument, and the device driver is the sheet music.
What Happens if Tape Backup Device Drivers Fail?
When most device drivers fail, the consequences are usually just irritating: you can’t use your mouse anymore, your printer slows down, or maybe your computer reboots whenever you try to turn on your scanner. However, if the device driver that controls your tape backup fails, the consequences can be very severe indeed: often, if the device driver for a backup system fails, then all of the data on the tape backup can be lost. Because this data is often of a critical nature, this can be a very big deal indeed.
Provided that the tape backup device driver is connected via USB, some common error messages include:
- The driver for this device might be corrupted, or your system may be running low on memory or other resources. (Code 3)
- The device cannot start. (Code 10)
- Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware because a previous instance of the device driver is still in memory. (Code 38)
Hopefully, you receive one of these errors instead of having the device fail altogether. Even if that is the case, these error messages aren’t very clear on either what the problem is, or how best to fix it. With errors like these - all relating directly to device drivers - the easiest method of repair is to simply download and install Driver Genius.
Same goes with searching for a very specific driver such as: Colorado Trakker 250/350driver. In this case - rather than trying to find & download the driver from unknown sources, we also recommend using a professional driver update utility to save time and keep you on the safe side. Even though there is no guarantee that this specific driver will be found using a driver update utility – the scan process is very fast and user friendly, and you might as well find other drivers that needs to be updated on your computer to make the most out of it.
How Can I Keep My Device Drivers Working Properly?
Due to the overly sensitive nature of device drivers, it is critical to make sure that they are up to date and working correctly at all times. Failure to do so can result in system failure, data loss, and even expensive repair bills. The best way to make sure that your drivers are functioning correctly is to simply regularly update them. There are two ways to do this: the manual way, and the automatic way.
In order to update them manually, first open your Device Manager. From here, navigate to the device driver you wish to update, and note the release date. Then, navigate to the original manufacturer’s web site, find the necessary driver, and then check its release date. If it is newer than the one you currently have installed, go ahead and download it. Then uninstall the old driver, install the new one, and then reboot your computer. Provided everything went well, you have now updated one of your device drivers. Now, repeat this process for every driver on your computer.
Because computers often host as many as several dozen device drivers at any given time, manually updating your device drivers can be a very time-consuming process.
Thankfully, there is an easier, more effective, and much faster method: Driver Genius. Driver Genius automatically tracks all of the device drivers on your computer for faults, problems, or officially released updates, and then downloads and installs them for you - no matter how many you have. This entire process takes only a handful of minutes.
How Can I Avoid Ever Having Driver Problems Again?
The only way to guarantee that you never have driver issues on your computer is by downloading and installing Driver Genius. This way, all of the device drivers on your computer will be regularly updated, fixed, and maintained without any intervention on your part.
What About Third Party Device Drivers?
Because rogue developers often use third party device drivers as a way to put viruses, spyware, and other types of malware onto your computer, they should be avoided at all costs and only official device drivers should be used.
Thankfully, Driver Genius uses only officially licensed device drivers.
What Can Driver Genius Do For Me?
- Driver Genius can save you time: By automating the entire driver maintenance process, it ensures that you don’t have to waste your time taking care of drivers that could be maintained automatically.
- Driver Genius will save you money: Because most computer problems that lead to trips to the repair shop are caused by device driver problems, Driver Genius can save you money by effectively eliminating all computer problems related to driver issues.
- Driver Genius will make your computer run better than it ever has before: By updating and ensuring all of your drivers are functioning correctly, Driver Genius will allow each component of your computer to run exactly as it was designed to do.