About tape drives and robotic libraries

When you install Backup Exec, all storage devices that are connected to the media server are automatically recognized as either robotic libraries or stand-alone drives. A stand-alone drive is a single, locally attached tape drive. The view on the Devices tab displays how devices are organized logically into device pools, and how devices are arranged physically on servers.

If you group one or more robotic library slots into partitions, the partition drive pools appear in the Devices view under the Device Pools icon.

The Device Configuration Wizard is available to help you install Symantec device drivers, and to correct robotic library drives that are inadvertently displayed as unknown devices in the Devices view.


Backup Exec includes support for a single robotic library device. Licenses for additional robotic library devices are available for purchase.

More Information

Configuring storage devices by using the Device Configuration Wizard

Installing Symantec device drivers by using the Symantec Device Driver Installation Wizard

Viewing storage device properties

About robotic libraries in Backup Exec

About creating utility jobs to help manage devices and media

About devices in the SAN Shared Storage Option