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Eject lto5


in the manual should be something like this:

Manually Removing a Tape Cartridge
If problem-determination procedures identify the tape drive as the source of the problem and you are unable to eject the tape cartridge using the eject button, reset the drive to recover the cartridge:
Press and hold the eject button for 10 seconds, then release.
The status light turns amber and the drive starts through its hardware test process.
When the hardware test completes, the status light turns green.
If a cartridge is in the drive the status light flashes green until the cartridge is rewound.
The status light turns solid green when the rewind is complete and the tape drive is ready.

Although it is from an older LTO version, it must work on the newer versions too.

I also did remove tapes, if nothing worked, but it is to much to tell and show here.
NOTE: Allow at least 10 minutes for the rewind process to complete.

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REady keeps flashing on ultrium 960


Hi Rajeev

The Ready light flashing usually just shows tape motion and is nothing to worry about.
If there is no tape in the drive and you are still having problems then click the link below as i think your drive will need a full repair.
Tape Drive Repair UK Based We repair all makes models and formats

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I was trying to backup my server while exchanging DLT tapes, the tape in use light stayed on and the serve would then alternate to four flashing lights and then back to flashing "Tape In Use...


Hello,


Try the following action to resovle your issue:


1. Run the Drive Assessment Test in HP StorageWorks Library and Tape Tools.

CAUTION: Running the Drive Assessment Test overwrites the tape. If it is not possible to

overwrite the tape, run the logs-based Device Analysis Test instead.
2. Check the backup logs.

3. Verify that a supported configuration is being used.

4. Check for media damage:

o Incorrect label placement

o Broken, missing, or loose leader pin

o Damaged cartridge seam

o Usage in incorrect environment

5. Check for software issues:

a. Check the backup software.

b. Check that virus scanning software is not scheduled to run at the same time as the back-up.

6. Verify that a tape can be formatted.



Tape Error LED is flashing:

1. Reload the suspect tape. If the Tape Error LED stops flashing, the problem has cleared.

2. Load a new or known good tape. If the Tape Error LED stops flashing, the problem has cleared.

3. Reload the suspect tape. If the Tape Error LED flashes, discard the suspect media as faulty.

From my experience, most of the time it is a bad tape, using a new tape usually solves the problem. If after inserting a new tape and the problem exist, you may need to update your firmware/backup software.

Good Luck
C2Solutions

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What do i do when tape drive fails to mount and all four lights flash?


Use cleaning tape and clean the drive.
Update firmware of the tape drive via Library and tape tools.
switch off and switch on the drive.
that's it

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My Backup HP Tape Drive 232 flusing led "Cean" and "Tape"


This can often be resolved by loading a Cleaning tape. Cleaning tapes are specific for the LTO1 and can be used only a set number of times. This can be caused by a particular tape which is imparting contaminates into the drive. LTO drives should be cleaned when the light flashes only and not after a fixed number of hours.See the HP LTO1 user guide for details.

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All lights flashing


You need to update the firmware with LTT

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I have a Dell Super DLT Tape drive, but the tape will not eject. We tried rebooting, and holding down the eject button for 10 seconds - nothing worked. We got the tape out, and purchased a new drive. ...


You make sure that you still have the drivers for drive, you can download a driver fro th dell website. If that doesn't work you may want o recheck that Tape drive, it may need to be replace.

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Dlt tape drive left lights blinking, internal fault


This is a hardware fault with the drive (Quite common) The drive needs to be properly repaired (Main PCB Fault)

Send it to www.tape-drive-repair.com as they are quite good at this sort of thing and are not expensive

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Can you fix it?


It sounds like your first drive is defiantly shot. The second one suggests the drive has failed as well. You should be able to eject the tape manually using a long piece of steel. Such as a paper clip.

Taken from the manual
If all the right side or left side lights flash on the front panel:
There is a fault with the drive.
1 Try turning the power switch on the drive off and then on again.
2 If the problem persists, call for service.

So your sorda up a creek. Can i suggest moving to HDD backup system? They are ultra cheap, reliable, and much faster than Tape backup systems.

Alternativly if you have data you need to recover, you can purchase new (used) drives off ebay for about $200

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Flashing lights


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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