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A tape drive is a device that reads and writes data on a magnetic tape, often for archival or backup purposes.

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Read LTO Tape ID Tag

LTO 6 Tapes contain a ID tag within the casing (I assume its RFID). Is it possible to read the tag via mt commands? I would like to identify the tape that is currently loaded in the tape drive. I'm ...
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Maximum write speed of HP Ultrium 1760 drive

The write speed of the HP Ultrium 1760 drive is specified as 120MB/s with LTO-4 media and 80MB/s with LTO-3 media. However I get half of that - 80/40 MB/s respectively. The connector is SFF-8482 at ...
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Can I connect HP Ultrium 1760 drive to LSI Logic SAS 3041E controller using the cable on the picture

I want to connect HP StorageWorks LTO-4 Ultrium 1760 tape drive to LSI SAS 3041E controller using the cable on the photo. The cable is advertised as 0.7M Mini SFF-8482 to SAS 29P SATA . Or an adapter ...
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HP Ultrium 1840 LTO-4 slow write speeds

I have an HP StorageWorks Ultrium 1840 LTO-4 external tape drive attached to a machine running Ubuntu 18.04.4 LTS (kernel 4.15.0-99-generic) using an LSI20320IE PCI-X x4 SCSI adaptor with a VHDCI to ...
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Tape always return zeros from files but with good length

I have a IBM LTO-3 ULT3580-TD3. When I try write something to tape always it returns only zeros but with good length (/size). # dd if=/media/test1 of=/dev/nst0 bs=64k # dd if=/dev/nst0 of=/media/...
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Fibre Channel Ports and Tape Library

I am looking for advice rather then fix my issue. What should fibre channel port settings be? Currently F_ports, I have a qlogic 5800 sanbox switch connected to quantum scalar i40 lto7 library over ...
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Activate Tape Encryption on Windows Server

We use windows to make tape (LTO 8) backups with ltfs and now I want to use the hardware encryption. My problem is I can not find a way to activate it. For Linux I found "stenc" but is there something ...
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Which SAS cable to connect an internal HP LTO-5 tape drive?

I've bought an internal HP Ultrium 3000 LTO 5 tape drive (Model 693416-001) without SAS connection cable. Being new to SAS I have discovered that there are loads of different types of cable, and I ...
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Fiber tape changer missing on lsscsi

I'm configuring a server with Bacula to manipulate backups on a Dell TL4000 connected to the server via Fiber. During the configuration of the Bacula Director I've accessed the bconsole to see if the ...
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LTO-4 Tape Write Source Throughput Needs

I am looking to begin a tape backup regimen and am looking to keep data flowing to the tape drive in a sufficient manner (120+MBs target sustained) but cannot figure out how to do so without a ...
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What does it mean, if all LEDs of an LTO-6 drive are flashing? [closed]

All LEDs of an half height LTO-6 drive are flashing with ~ 4 Hz. An LTO-5 tape is still inside, the drive does not react on commands, the flashing continues after a power cycle. I could not find the ...
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bareos Using both tape drives (not multiplexing)

I'm using a Neoseries T24 (Flexstor II) autoloader with two drives. I have tapes (11 of them) in a pool labeled 'Full'. When I run two jobs, both for the 'Full' pool, they will wait in sequence so ...
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Bareos Autochanger not pulling tape

I've taken over a configuration of Bareos on Debian GNU/Linux 8 (jessie). Its a fresh install, using both file and Autochanger storage. Everything looks correct and bconsole will talk with the ...
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How to configure the st kernel module for LTO-6 tape drives?

I found a hint to configure the st module in a mail from 2004 redhat mailinglist about a slow LTO-2 drive. modprobe st buffer_kbs=1024 max_buffers=128 max_sg_segs=128 blocking_open=1 Are similar ...
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Moving data to tape [closed]

At my new workplace, I am expected to backup older data (large image-files) to tape. As someone who as never used tapes, I have a few questions regarding them. It would be great if someone can point ...
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Connect Tape Drive to H330

I'm re-purposing a Dell T430 server. It has an H730 connected to some disks for the OS and storage. It also has an H330, which I'm trying to use to connect an older Tandberg HH LTO4 tape drive. ...
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8mm Data8 tape drive compatibility for Maxell HS-8/112 and 3M D8-112

We have a Exabyte Mammoth-2 tape drive connected to a Solaris 10 box that's currently able to restore any Exabyte media no problem, but we have two other brands of 8mm tape that are shown as "illegal ...
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Link between tape drive library index and its serial number on linux

I need to map system devices to their index in tape library on linux. How could I know by what index number in mtx command refers to a particular drive? I can get mapping between drive serial numbers ...
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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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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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HP DL385 G7, HP LTO 6 drive + P431 controller + 2012R2?

Im faced with the challange to making my HP385 Gen7 work with my new HP LTO 6250 drive on a HP SAS bus card. Originally the plan was to use a SC08ge adapter with srv 2008R2 but suddenly my company ...
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Quantum Scalar i80 - I see the tape drive, but not changer

I have a Quantum Scalar i80 connected via SAS to a CentOS 6 server. When I look in /proc/scsi/scsi, I see the tape drive, but I don't see the changer. From /proc/scsi/scsi: Host: scsi8 Channel: 00 ...
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Tape drive unusable on 14.04 ESXi VM

The problem I've got an Overland ArcVault connected to my system (actually a virtual machine, with the standalone SCSI card it's connected to in passthrough mode), but it seems like the named tape ...
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HP MSL2024 not auto changing tapes using Ultrabac 9.2.2

I am using Ultrabac 9.2.2 to run backup sets to a one drive HP MSL2024 tape library. It's currently connected via SAS 3Gbs to a HP Proliant DL380G6 running Server 2008 R2. I have the drivers from HP ...
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Bacula not using the current In-Drive LTO Tape (but the oldest one)

I'm trying to configure Bacula to automatically recycle and use a random tape i put in the single LTO drive, but it seems to prefer the oldest backup tape despite it isn't in the drive. I already ...
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How to recover Symantec Backup Exec backup via Linux?

I have a tape backup from a defunct server that was created via Symantec Backup Exec version 10.1.5629 on Windows. Is it possible to extract the backup from this using some standard or open source ...
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How to troubleshoot tape backup issues via mt on Linux for Windows backups?

I have an HP Ultrium 448 tape backup that is being recognized without seeming issue on Ubuntu. I am able to see it at /dev/st0. When I issue mt -f /dev/st0 offline, the tape ejects. When I issue mt ...
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How to recover data from a Windows 2003 Server HP StorageWorks Ultrium 448 Backup via Linux?

I have a scenario where I have to recover a backup from an Ultirum 448 tape medium that was made on Windows 2003 server. The only system that I have available for recovery is a Linux server with ...
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Wrong firmware on Ultrium LTO4 1840

A client has an old MSL6030 Tape Library with a pair of LTO4 Ultrium 1840 tape drives in the back. Both have failed. We have procured identical replacements (same part # anyway) and have been unable ...
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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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Backing up VMs without separate backup server

We're buying a new server and are switching to a virtual environment. We want to have one physical server as a host containing several guest servers. We're a small organisation and we know that ...
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Can I plug a tape drive into a 3ware 9750 RAID controller

I need to archive about 30TB of data from a NAS RAID machine. The machine runs CentOS 5. It has a 3ware 9750-41 card with a single external SAS SFF-8088 connector. The LTO 6 external drives from ...
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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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Backup Solutions for 20 TB of data [duplicate]

First, some background on out situation. We're a small-medium business who has around 20 TB of data on two different NAS's, and that number grows by at least 10% annually. 90% of this data we need to ...
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HP ProLiant dl360 G4 with external backup

We are running a HP Proliant DL360 G4 with external HP Storageworks Ultrium 960 tape drive attached at the moment. Unfortunately the tape drive failed over the weekend and we are looking to upgrade ...
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Simple backup tape wiping, from linux shell?

I have a pile of old unencrypted backup tapes I want to discard, and I'm looking for a really simple and free erase method. I have previously used the following method to zero hard drives on linux. ...
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Is it possible to upgrade a LTO3 drive to LTO5 or LTO6?

We have a ML6000 Dell tape library with a LTO-3 drive (part number KU838). Can this drive support LTO-5 or LTO-6 via firmware upgrade? I could not find any information about this on Dell pages. Is ...
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I have an issue with a tape drive cleaning cartridge

We have an Ultrium internal tape drive to do monthly backups. Last week, in the middle of writing a tape, it ejected it with an input/output error and started flashing the cleaning light. Of course, ...
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Bacula Loading Tape at the Wrong Library

I have two HP Tape Libraries installed on the Storage (LibHP08 and LibHP09), i tried to configure some jobs to access both libraries, but I'm having some trouble with bacula accessing the wrong ...
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M1500 having to cycle tape drive power when enumerating

I'm trying to use a M1500 tape library that is new to me. Whenever the SCSI bus enumerates (at BIOS load and when Linux is booting) the enumeration will hang until I turn off and back on the tape ...
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DPM thinks tape drives needs cleaning while info from driver doesn't

I have a Quantum Superloader 3 directly attached to a backup server running DPM 2012 R2 on Windows Server 2012 R2 fully updated. I have a problem where DPM keeps giving an event ID 3308: DPM could not ...
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ESXi 5.5 HDD and Tape drive paths

I got a new Dell server with a PERC H310 (2 HHD in RAID 1) and a SAS 5/E adapter for a Dell Power vault 4 tape Drive. I installed ESXi 5.5 with a windows 2k8R2 and a Debian virtual machine. I'm ...
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VERITAS Backup Exec does not accept tapes

VERITAS Backup Exec 8.60 Rv 3878 does not accept brand new Sony SDX3-100C tapes using a Compaq AIT 50 GB tape drive. I want to introduce new tapes to an ancient backup system as described above on a ...
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Which controller for external SAS tape drive

We're about to buy an external LTO-4 tape drive for our HP DL380g6 server, and since SCSI is on the way out, we'll buy a SAS drive, probably the HP StoreEver LTO-4 Ultrium 1760 SAS External Tape Drive ...
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Is there a version of mt for windows, or something similar?

First of all, I'm not sure if this is the best place to ask this question. I was torn between SF and SU, but I decided for SF when I saw that questions about tape drives are scarce in SU. I need to ...
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NTBackup fails, claims hardware failure or permission issue, but all hardware replaced

We have a server running incremental backups four times a week, and full backups once a week. It has been reporting hardware errors, intermittently but more frequently as of late: Error: The device ...
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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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Exabyte tape drive conversion to hard drive

I've never used tape drives before. For work I have to transfer some data from old Exabyte cassettes to a hard drive using an Exabyte tape drive reader. I don't have more information than this at the ...
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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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