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DLT-S4 tape is stuck in Quantum drive all 3 LEDs flashing together. Eject tape button does not work, how to get the tape out?

Hello, on some of the older DLT drives, if you press the 'eject' button several times the drive firmware attempts an unload operation. I'm not sure of the number of times you have to press it though...try pressing it in and releasing it 3 times (in quick succession). If that doesn't do anything, try 7 times.
It's worth a try!

Nov 01, 2010 | Quantum DLT-S4 DLT Tape Drive

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We are having an issue with our backups. The system event log says there is an error 7 and lists the tape drive as having a bad block. However the quantum diagnostic tool shows the drive to be healthy. ...

Event ID-7 is a "Bad Block" on the Tape being using. By design, when a Bad Block is encounter, the Tape Drive "Seizes the Tape" and goes offline. It can sometimes be difficult to get the Tape Drive to release the Tape. Refer to the Users Manual for instrcutions on how to Reset the Tape Drive. Sometimes applying the Firmware Update willl reset the Tape Drive and Eject the Tape.

Do not assume the Tape is Bad, but do not re-use until tested. The Tape may be Bad, the Tape Drive may simply need Cleaning or the Tape Drive may be Worn or Damaged. If you are using 3rd Party Backup Software, such as Backup Exec or Yosemite, you wan want to check the Removable Storage Servcie to see if it is set to Manual or Automatic. Any Tape Devices would need to be first Deleted in the Library Section of Removable Storage, then Sop and Disable Removable Storage. Since Removable Storage is in effect NTBACKUP, this Service can interfere with the Operation of your Backup Software and generate "Bad Block" Errors.

To Test the Tape with your Quantum Tape Drive, use a tool called XTALK ( xTalk- ) that is found on Quantums Website

You may run a write_read_full Test on the Tape. Be sure to Clean the Tape Drive first. If it fails the Tape, try it with a 2nd Tape, If it fails again, suspect the Tape Drive.


Oct 04, 2010 | Quantum DLT-V4 DLT Tape Drive

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Ntbackup does not recognizing the media


go to services restart removable storage service
go to device manager > disable and enable the tape drive.

Hope this helps

Jun 20, 2009 | Dell PowerVault 114T (0CC011) LTO-3 Tape...

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Backup Problem

80GB is the non compressed and 160GB is fully compressed. Based on my experience youll never get a compression rate of more than 1.5 to 1, so you should expect to get more than 120GB on the tape.

The issue that you are having is that you are using the drivers that either are built into windows or came with the tape drive and not the driver from symantec.

Go into Tools->Wizards->Device Configuration Wizard and follow the step to "Install tape device drivers". This should take care of the compression issue.

Dec 09, 2008 | Dell PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 DLT Tape...

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Tape eject from drive

Hi. This is from Dells site regarding automatic ejection of tape once inserted:

The PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 Tape drive reads and writes DLTtape VS1 cartridges. The PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 Tape drive can read - but not write - DLTtape™ IV cartridges written using the DLT1/VS80 format. NOTE: The PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 Tape drive automatically ejects any other cartridge types and any cartridges whose format it cannot read. Make sure all cartridges that you want to use for writing are DLTtape VS1 cartridges.

Perhaps your cartridge is improperly formatted or is of the incorrect type?

May 23, 2008 | Dell PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 DLT Tape...

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Operating System question

I don't KNOW that this will work, but what I'd reccomend is that you try using the drivers for windows 2000 on your windows XP machine

a list of dell drivers and support for the powervault is here:

Mar 29, 2008 | Dell PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 DLT Tape...

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Tape drive replacement trouble

drivers are a simple's a link for printer drivers, which you can jump through to find tape drivers, with the dell model number.

Mar 10, 2008 | Quantum DLT VS80 DLT Tape Drive

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red LED blinkin suggests the drive is reporting some sort of internal error, if you can see no obvuios problem (something jammed in the mechanism, ect ect) take it to someone who can dismantle it and check for dry joints, jamming things like that

Dec 06, 2007 | Dell PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 DLT Tape...

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