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SONY LIB-81 Error on LCD screen - Drive Information 51

Been having a number of problems with our Sony LIB-81 and Arcserve 11. Numerous errors on Arcserve Job Display Status: E6084 Drive hardware error - Servo or Sensor error [ABSL:3050 CMD:1Bh] E8005 Marking Slot[1] Off-line after media failure. Slot [1][SN:] in Library[3][SN:02585008] Several NT SCSI Port Errors. Have checked SCSI cables and IDs and nothing untoward there. Just don't know if it's the drive that's faulty.

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What is the meaning of the message from sony lib 81 lcd " warning drive information 90.80"?

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Re: SONY LIB-81 Error on LCD screen - Drive Information...

I think this sounds like the drive is having a issue loading and moving the tape in slot 1.
AIT units are known for having this kind of problem.
Try a cleaning tape and then a new tape fresh out the wrapper for a test backup.

if it fails with a known good tape then its time to send it out for repair


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