Benchmark VS80 Tape drive giving Bad Media messages
We are using the Benchmark with Veritas 9.1 software. We had the drive disconnected for several months but decided to start using it again on a different server. Now all the tapes originally used in this drive are giving a message.
We are trying to figure out if this is a problem with the drive or the Veritas installation. We have tried many different previously used tapes but don't have any brand new ones.
Re: Benchmark VS80 Tape drive giving Bad Media messages
Sounds a bit strange - I've seen this happen when tapes are re-used in a different drive but not when re-used in the same drive. You could try degaussing (magnetically wiping) the tapes. This should effectively make them appear as new ones.
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Hello, if it has an eject button, press it quickly several times (can't remember the exact number; try 3 first, then 5, then 7)the reason being that on earlier DLT's the firmware would cause a drive reset which would, if there wasn't a detached leader or other physical problem, result in a tape unload.
p.s. do let me know how you get on!
We have had the same problems with HP drives and Veritas. In our case it was not the drive per se. While I am assuming that based on the date of your post that you have moved to another solution, however, I will provide for you what we did.
First shut all down, disconnect the tape drive from the scsi cable, then restart. Go into computer management and turn all your backup exec services from auto to manual. Now go to devices and do a rescan. Once this is done and you see no tape drive whatsoever in the devices shut down the server. Reconnect the scsi cable to the drive and restart.
Go back into computer management, back to devices and rescan for hardware changes. Do you see it? If so, good! Sometimes a re-seating of connectors will do that. On the other hand, it could also be a tape driver from Veritas that just doesn't work (my case), take the original driver cd that came with the unit and start that loading up. Can you see it now? Can you use windows backup to access the tape drive? Now go into services and start the services individually. Go into backup exec and see if you can read your tape. Go back to services and reset all services back to auto. If you ever have to reinstall/upgrade backup exec, think twice about using their drivers.
Sounds like it may be the cleaning light (far right)
You need to use a cleaning tape in the drive (they do expire after either 20 or 40 uses so use a brand new one to be sure)
That should clear the light. If it comes back on after another backup then try using the cleaning tape again and then a brand new tape for the backup.
If the light comes on again then the drive will need to go for repair as the head is knackered.
Try www.tape-drive-repair.com for this as they are pretty good price wise and also offer a 1 years warranty on their drives and repairs
If that doesnt work make sure you are using the right drive in your backup software!
It sounds like a message often seen in windows backup where you have selected the wrong tape drive from the list and it just tells you "No compatible media found" when actually the drive listed isnt even connected to your system still
The error is because the driver isn't loaded for the device. Look up how to add the device in symantec help. If windows recognizes it already then usually you can go to devices and add teh device from within symantec.
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?