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Initialize tape drive

Magnus Emmot
Occasional Visitor

Initialize tape drive


I am using two different Compaq / HP Unix OS.
Compaq Digital and

I have one problem with the two.
Doing a mt -f /dev/nrmt0 status on one of my tape drives gives this error message.

0x3200 Device inoperable (needs intialize)

What is the procedure to initialize the tape drive?

Occasional Advisor

Re: Initialize tape drive

Power off/power on the drive, then reboot OS.

If the error still occurs, then probably the drive has hardware failure
Jaclyn Rothe
Trusted Contributor

Re: Initialize tape drive

make sure the device is on during server boot up or it will not detect the device. Also make sure cables do not have bent pins and termination is correct and working.