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Pre-labelled LTO-6/LTFS tape numbers- Are the tape numbers stored somewhere on the tape?

I have some Fujifilm LTO-6 tapes which come labelled with tape numbers. I'm writing a script and I would like to assign a variable from the tape number. Is this information stored anywhere on the tape?...
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How can I discover the content of a non-descript LTO3?

I've been handed an LTO3 which has been written with content, but I have no idea how it was made. I've been given the task of finding out what is actually stored on the tape. I've tried the usual tar ...
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Determining LTO 5 Tape Expiration?

On our production setup we are using LTO 5 for taking backup on weekly basis, Unfortunately we do not have any purchased document for LTO5 tapes due to which we are unable to predict the exact EOL(End ...
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Fibre channel: LTO tape overwritten on bus reset

There is a situation that we had at out customer that I'd like to understand better. Here's what happened: A library with LTO tape drives is connected to a fibre channel environment Archiving ...
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Device busy when reading from tape drive with tar

When I try to read a tar from tape with tar tvbf 2048 /dev/nst0, it returns: tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot read: Device or resource busy tar: At beginning of tape, quitting now tar: Error is not recoverable:...
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Is it safe to use not ECC RAM for cold backup server?

I need home computer for simple backup task (just cronjob on Linux, it will run once per day): Download file from my production server (in datacenter, it's good server with Xeons & ECC RAM etc.) ...
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Ultra slow LTO4 read/write (2-3MB/s) SCSI + LSI Ultra 320

So I've installed pcie SCSI card LSI Ultra 320 (which worked fine some time ago on Dell R710/ Dell 2950 with LTO3), during booting I have discovered that sync speed for LTO3 (ultrium 960) is only 40MB,...
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Bacula: best practise for labeling and initial start

I'm currently starting with bacula for backup and have a few questions for best practices. Current situation: I want to back up a slow changing max. 12TB (currently 8TB) dataset to a external LTO4 ...
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Loose threader in LTO-5 SAS internal drive [closed]

Once more I have a tape drive issue. I started seeing lots and lots of hardware errors with our LTO-5 SAS drive within our Superloader 3 changer. The main upshot was that the drive would think a ...
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Quantum LTO-4 Drive fails with new tapes and need to be cleaned too often

I have a Quantum LTO-4 HH Original Drive, and recently i'm getting a lot of problems with tapes. For a long time every 3-5 tapes, the drive asks me for a cleaning tape, but lately the drive needs to ...
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Unitrends Work with LTO-6?

Has anyone been able to get a Unitrends appliance to work with an LTO-6 drive? I checked to compatibility matrix and while it does have a vague list of supported products is vague... and seemingly ...
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Backup strategy for millions of files in lots of directories

We have millions of files in lots of directories, for example: \00\00\00\00.txt \00\00\00\01.pdf \00\00\00\02.html ... so on \05\55\12\31.txt backing up these to tape is slow as backing up data in ...
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Backup exec LTO tape capacity shows as 17.8GB

I have come across administering a Backup Exec 10d system, and all its tapes show a Total Capacity of 17,8 GB while showing a Used Capacity of e.g. 281GB. The tapes are LTO2 so they should have 200GB ...
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What are simple options for reading from LTO tape drive [closed]

The only way I know to read from an LTO tape drive is with big, heavy tools like Backup Exec. I am looking for a light weight or free tool that can read files from an LTO tape drive attached to a ...
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Do non sticky LTO barcode labels exist? [closed]

I don't rip off old LTO labels that often, but it is very annoying when I do have to do it. Is there a stickerless solution? Perhaps stick on clear sleeves or plastic tabs that hold removable labels?
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LTO 5 tape rotation best practices - Lifetime

What is the general best practice for keeping LTO 5 tapes in a rotation? I have read that they have archival capability of 30 years, but I am sure this really depends on how much you're reading and ...
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Connecting our first tape drive (SAS) to SATA bus

Our small team is considering buying our first tape drive for backups. However, we are still lacking serious enterprise-grade servers and have to rely temporarily on SATA drives in our rigs. Cost ...
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What other tape manufacturers can I use in IBM LTO Gen 3 SAS Tape Drives

I have recently just got my hands on an IBM 3580S3V. I was just wondering if there are any other brands that I can use in this IBM gear? LTO media are usually manufactured only by EMTEC, Imation, ...
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How Serviceable are Tape Drives?

I'm contemplating an auto-loading tape drive as part of a backup strategy. This would be my first experience with tape backup. The cost-effectiveness of tape drives seems to depend on the assumption ...
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LTO 2 tape performance in LTO 3 drive

I have a pile of LTO 2 tapes, and both an LTO 2 drive (HP Ultrium 460e), and an autoloader with an LTO 3 drive in (Tandberg T24 autoloader, with a HP drive). Performance of the LTO 2 tapes in the LTO ...
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Is it possible to connect an HP 1760 SCSI Tape to a regular NON server board PC?

I own an Ultrium HP Tape 1760 SCSI, that used to reside on a Dell 2850, on an LSI SCSI card. That Server is now R.I.P. Sad to say. I want to connect the Tape to another PC, is it possible? What ...
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LTO Ultrium 2 - free management software

i'm making backup using ntbackup to write on LTO Ultrium 2 cartridges ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_Tape-Open ). All worked fine till last week when suddenly all cartridges are rejected (for ...
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data protector red tapes

I am using HP Data Protector A.06.11 in my organization, with HP EML E-SeriesEML library, with 4 drives using LTO-4 tapes, and i am having some problems. Yesterday I put 5 new tapes in the robot and ...
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boot IBM p series 650 from 3580-L23 LTO-2 tape

We have a p series 650 that has a dds4 tape drive built-in. In the past, recover has been as simple as putting a mksysb tape into the drive and booting the machine. During boot, the machine detects ...
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ntbackup asks for a free media LTO-1, but shouldn't

I'm facing this problem: on Windows 2003 server STD, I can't safely perform unattended data backup on tape (HP LTO-1 drive) because it asks for a free media tape after 90GB of data written. The ...
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Difference between LTO half-height and full-height drives?

I've noticed that most tape drive vendors provide two options: full-height or half-height. The half-height drives are physically smaller and less expensive, yet seem to have identical specifications ...