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One of our twin tape drives displayed a !A cleaned the drive and this did not go away, the only way to get rid of this was to power cycle it, this has happened 3 times now.

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are you using the correct cable for the drive - it needs to be the correct cable that came with the drive - also is it terminated

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Not accept the new tape clean tape drive


Your question is not very clear.

Is the drive not accepting a new tape or is it not accepting a new cleaning tape?

LTO Cleaning tapes have a life span of between 20 and 50 cleans and once they go above this they expire and do not work again. I suggest you try using a brand new cleaning tape to try the cleaning cycle again and then try your backup again with a brand new tape too. This should eliminate all your media from you list of problems.

If the Superloader continues to either reject tapes or the cleaning light / alert persists then i am afraid it will need to be sent for repair as it is likely the read write heads will need replacement / service.

Visit the link below and they should be able to help and offer a full warranty too.
Autoloader Repair Service Adv Exch loan units available

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Hello, just a guess, but maybe you're using an old cleaning tape that has no more cleaning cycles left in it. Can I suggest you try a brand-new cleaning tape?
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Why are the blinking of cleaning lights of tape drive HP Ultrium 448 Model No. DW017B


Use Library and Tape Tools (L&TT) to upgrade to the latest firmware
This is especially important if the problem with an Ultrium 215 or Ultrium 230 (LTO Generation 1). Outdated firmware in these models can often give load problems.
New revisions of firmware are released to fix issues that have been found since product launch. Some of these are firmware defects and some are additional functionality to deal with new drivers, server or application behavior etc. It is always recommended to ensure your drive has the latest released firmware from HP.
All firmware releases are tested thoroughly by HP and drives will only accept firmware that is intended for them - they will reject the wrong version - so don't worry, this is not a risky process.
Whenever you perform a firmware upgrade make absolutely sure that the upgrade process is complete before power-cycling the drive. If the drive is power-cycled while the upgrade process is still in operation the firmware could be corrupted resulting in a dead drive.
Ensure you have the most up-to-date drivers for your device.
If you do not already have L&TT click here to download
Click here for the L&TT FAQ. (www.hp.com/support/lttfaq) Look for How do I verify that my drive's firmware is up to date? in the contents.

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Tape won't eject


Soft power the unit down and very carefully unscrew the cover. The greatest care must be when taking the tape out so that you don't bend the unit.

Consider blowing it out to get rid of dust and it very likely has a problem that will require service. My quantum px502 had a stuck tape and I took the cover off but the picker was already off track - $700 to fix that and replace a sensor.

Consider a maintenance contract as on visit to the repair shop will cost hundreds of dollars.  And, if you get the tape out another will likely stick soon.  So service will be necessary.



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Using SDLT cleaning Tape


When the drives Clean LED comes on, install a "Universal" LTO Cleaning tape, as these drives do not need routine cleaning. Only ever clean a LTO drive when it's requested, as the cleaning media itself is more abrasive than a standard tape.

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Dell dat 72 drive will not accept a tape


power off and on the tape drive
Inset a NEW Fresh out the Wrapper cleaning tape and see if that works!

Sounds to me like your existing cleaning tape has expired

If that fails then there could be a problem with the loading mech which is where you will need to send it away for repair.

Try www.tape-drive-repair.com for this as they are not expensive

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Wont accept cleaning tape


Make sure there are no pending jobs on the drive, if the drive is expecting a tape and gets a cleaning tape it will spit it out. Also, has the cleaning tape been used a lot? They have a limited life cycle and if they have exceeded their max uses they may not work.

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Drive Will Not Accept Tapes


You are so impatient/ The problem with tape drives is the ferrous compound coming off the tape over time and building up- Each tape will need stripping and a good clean out with Coproponal Alchohol

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I had this issue and fortunately my tape drive was under warranty.

First off rang Dell and the technician tried fixing over the phone.

There are two types of flashing light (apparently) if the light is flashing slowly then the tape drive is telling you it needs cleaning, if the light is flashing fast then it is telling you that the tape (not drive) needs replacing.

The technician then said that if the tape drive was relatively new under 12 months then is was likely a software issue/conflict. My drive was nearly 3 years old, but he tried the software updates and restored the original defaults anyway and had no success, so they sent an engineer out.

When the engineer came out he replaced the drive immediately, i asked him what it was and he said when the drives get older or are used a lot they get clogged up with the metallic oxide ("DUST") from the tapes over time and they get to a point where they are so clogged they think they need cleaning all the time.

I asked if you could clean the tape heads yourself, he said you can but it is a real pain in the ***, so they don't, they just throw them away.

not much of a solution i know but this is whats happening, if your drive has done a fair bit of work then its a fair bet its knackered.

BTW: engineer did say you should only use good quality tapes as the cheaper ones give off more metallic oxide ("DUST") than the good ones.

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