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i'm making backup using ntbackup to write on LTO Ultrium 2 cartridges ( ).

All worked fine till last week when suddenly all cartridges are rejected (for backup) by the tape. (Just a bit of information i tried the tape with a NEW cartridge and all going fine).

My question is: is there a free/opensource software to check the health of my LTO Ultrium cartridges?

In another place where i worked we have to revalidate cartridges (LTO Ultirum 1) and retension them every year (using CA Brightstor).

Thank you in advance!

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If you could provide the type and manufacturer of lto drive and the os, your question would be easier to answer. – chewbakka Sep 7 '12 at 11:23
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You're using LTO (the technology name) and Ultrium (a specific product name) interchangeably, which leads me to believe you're using an HP tape drive.

If using HP gear, you can try the free HP Library and Tape Tools (HP L&TT) software to run diagnostics and media operations on your drive. It's available for Windows, as well as other operating systems.

There are other management tools available for Quantum and IBM drives, but try the HP software first, since the mechanics of other drives may be the similar.

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I'm using the following cartridge: IBM "Total storage LTO Ultrium" on an IBM server i'll provide you tape model ASAP – eldblz Sep 7 '12 at 12:19
Thank you for you contribution, however quoting wikipedia "The standard form-factor of LTO technology goes by the name Ultrium, the original version of which was released in 2000 and could hold 100 GB of data in a cartridge. A version released in 2010 can hold 1.5 TB in a cartridge of the same size." I believe Ultrium it's not HP Proprietary. – eldblz Sep 7 '12 at 12:23
HP brands its drive models as Ultrium 448, Ultrium 920, Ultrium 1760 to denote LTO-2, LTO-3 and LTO-4 compatibility... So in common use, "LTO" is the generic, "Ultrium" usually refers to the HP variant. – ewwhite Sep 7 '12 at 12:30

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