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MSL5000 - drive initializing

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MSL5000 - drive initializing

We bought this used HP StorageWorks MSL5000 with a single SDLT320 drive, and hooked it up to our ProLiant DL380 server using the same SCSI adapter & cable that had been working with the old library before its tape drive died.  We have not been able to get a backup job or inventory job to run.  Windows Server 2003's Dev Mgr sees the library and the drive, but Backup Exec jobs all fail.  I fiddled with the library today, and found that it shows Drive 0 status as "Initializing".  When I selected Inventory on the Diagnostics menu, the drive moved back & forth and I observed a red laser light, presumably reading the tapes' bar codes.  But the drive status remained "Initializing".


Any suggestions?