Recovery Feature Unknown to HP DAT Drive Owners

PALM DESERT, CALIF. (03/10/2000) - Owners of Hewlett-Packard Co. DAT drives who had the backup hardware and accompanying software installed by a reseller over the course of the last year may not be aware of a feature called OBDR, or One Button Disaster Recovery, which HP officials attending the System Builder's Summit on Thursday admitted has often been overlooked.

Installed in the firmware of every model of HP DAT drive shipped in the last year, OBDR can reboot not only the files, but the entire operating system of a computer that has terminally crashed.

"How [OBDR] works is that whenever a backup is performed, the entire OS is backed up, including bookmarks and user preferences. Then if the hard drive fails, OBDR fools the system into thinking that the DAT drive is actually the hard drive, and it reboots the operating system from the DAT drive," said John Simpson, with HP's hardware integrator program.

Simpson explained that OBDR, which has been and still is compatible with Novell, Windows NT, and Windows 98, must be interfaced with the system bios by the reseller.

Resellers that customize owners manuals based on the configuration of the particular system often overlook the recovery feature as they read through, what Simpson described as, "a huge bulk of paperwork that comes with the DAT drive."

Hewlett-Packard Co., in Palo Alto, Calif., is at

Dan Neel is an InfoWorld reporter.

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