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Have 8505xls tape drive on novell server. Tape drive working fine and made backup on same tape in the drive. Ejected tape with button on unit and inserted fresh tape. Tape cartridge immediatley ejected from drive. Unloaded soft ware on server. Did not fresolve. Replaced drive with another drive from a Win XP work station which does not get much use as a backup drive-same problem. Lights flash on panel. Drive shows up in taper server configuration. Scsi device initializes when server is rebooted and restarted.

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One thing only you can do for this problem and that is first disable the drive and then enable it. If the problem still exists, then you must consult with tech person.

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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
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Certance DAT 72 tape drive stopped communicating with PC


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.

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Compaq Proliant ML 330 server with HP DDS-3 back up tape stuck in it. What can I do to extract it


The only way to extract the tape is to remove the device from the server and have a look at the back section. If the tape is chewed it will no longer hold data. if the tape is jammed you will need to examine why and release it, you might need to manually rotate the motors until it is ejected.

I gather you have tried the backup software to eject the tape? if not try this first.

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what drives are inside as these units can come in several configs. For all SCSI units the Adaptec 29320 is good for fiber the qlogic cards are my prefered cards.

Drivers are available from sun for the library and drives although you can sometimes use the standard windows drivers for many drives. (search for LTO as the tape drive manufacturer in win drivers for LTO) Although best to use sun drivers if at all possible.

Library comes up as a medium changer in device manager.

What backup software are you using? If Backup exec then the latest version already comes with their drivers built in

hope this helps

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sorry to say that none.no trip button for that.i assumed that the magnetic strip of the tape is already wind up inside.you'll need to open the unit up and gently rotate the flywheel of the tape player until you can open the door of the tape compartment.no need to force or it will just break.

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I am pretty sure that the driver should be compatible with win08.

If you are using backup exec then try switching to use symantec drivers for your tape drive (setting withing BUEX)

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Problem with my hp Dat 160 usb backup tape drive


make sure your backup server is not preventing the media being removed

try rebooting your server, if the tape then can be ejected it is probably your backup software.

If the tape wont eject even after both server and drive have been rebooted it is probably faulty and needs to go for warranty exchange with HP

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Turn off the tape drive. (Switch in the back of the unit. Wait 2 minutes and then turn unit back on. Tape drive should issue a write data command and then rewind the tape. After rewind completes the tape should eject. If it does not eject after rrewind completes than try holding the eject button for 5 seconds to attempt a "force eject"

Note: Do not repeatedly press the eject button as this can cause damage to the tape and the tape drive.

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Tape drives do need cleaning frequently and the 'auto clean' facility may not be enough. The problem is the continuous shedding of oxide needs cleaning right off and the auto system may not be enough. What you need is a back-up Drive. and the out of service drive needs physically stripping down to clean all off using a soft brush and where appropriate coproponal alcohol

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