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Tape drive faulty (urgent)

Ngoh Chean Siung
Super Advisor

Tape drive faulty (urgent)


Now I am facing tape drive faulty problem. All the led light is blinking! (There are 3 led lights. 2 green and 1 orange colour). I cannot eject the tape. Any solution?

My tape drive serial number is Seagate Dat 06240-xxxHJ0932s.

Joseph Loo
Honored Contributor

Re: Tape drive faulty (urgent)


try this command to eject tape:

# mt -f offl

if still cannot, call HP engineer for support, if you have any.

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Honored Contributor

Re: Tape drive faulty (urgent)


Mostly your tape drive has gone for a toss.
Hope this tape drive is an internal one. Once you restart the server, you will be able to eject the tape and those errors will go off. Then use a cleaning catridge to clean the tape (even though it doesn't look like a cleaning problem).

Try backing up some small files. If the problem persists, its time to call the HP engineer as Joseph has suggested.

with best wishes
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Shaikh Imran
Honored Contributor

Re: Tape drive faulty (urgent)

Also when you got the tape out and have the cleaning done don't forget to give other tape (Brand New) a chance before calling the HP engineer.
In some cases this also happens bcos of the media.

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Bharat Katkar
Honored Contributor

Re: Tape drive faulty (urgent)

Just an addition to Loo's suggestion (that should work), if it doesn't work try same to see the status of the drive as follows:

#mt -f status

See what it returns.

One unofficial suggestion would be doing power cyle of the Tape Drive.
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