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I use Symantec Backup Exec 11D - my tapes are not loading in the tape drive, I can't run any of my backups. Anyone had this problem? I've checked Symantec Backup Exec site - no luck there.

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If you cannot physically load a tape into the drive it is a hardware problem and the drive requires service. It is not a software problem.

Of course, the library could already have the maximum tapes it can hold. If this is the case then eject a tape from the library to make room for the tape you want to add.

I hope this helps.

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