Yes you can up to 32GB is supported. Once you insert it it will send messages to QSYSOPR indicating that it has configured it. It looks like an optical drive.

The other option is to use an RDX drive which is natively supported (as an optical drive), connects to the USB port, and is bootable in case you need to reload the server. The RDX drive was supported for just this situation where a tape drive is very expensive for the needed capacity.

- Larry "DrFranken" Bolhuis - Personal Development IBM i timeshare service. - Commercial IBM i Cloud Hosting.

On 8/8/2016 2:17 PM, James Rich wrote:
We're ordering a new 8286 Model 41A with 7.3 on it. IIRC that has USB
ports on it. To avoid adding the very expensive tape drive, we're
considering using virtual tape and then copying those tape images to
offline backup, like USB drives. Can those USB drives be connected
directly to the 8286 Model 41A? If so, what are the commands to
activate the drives or make them ready to be used to store/retrieve the
virtual tape image?

James Rich

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