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Ultrium Cartridge

Occasional Advisor

Ultrium Cartridge

Hi all,

i just want to know, whay ultrium cartridge is easy become poor condition..i used it daily backup not even 1 week the condition of cartridge changed to poor..

can anybody tell me why..tq :)
Honored Contributor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge

Hi Amy,

Ultrium catridges are infact good ones. Which make are you using? I am using HP Ultrium1 and Ultrium2 catridges. They are lasting very long.

As per HP life period of Ultrium is 30 years archival storage.

make sure that you are maintaining the environmental requirements specified by hp.

See :-

Occasional Advisor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge

hi sham..

i'm using hp ultrium 200GB where the product number is C7971A. i also noticed that ultrium cartridge is good but the problem just happened to me so i just wonder why it can you said before i have to maintain the environment of the cartridge.Can you tell me how to do that..TQ
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge

Its always a good idea to have a few tapes around and rotate them through. Don't back up to the same tape every day.

We've had very good luck with Ultrium tapes. The only one of hundreds that failed was dropped and bounced down a few flights of stairs.

Steven E Protter
Owner of ISN Corporation
Occasional Advisor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge

Hi steve...

that mean i have to change the tape every day?...every day i had a lot things to backup and used alot of change the tape every day is the best solution of this problem? and how to maintain the environment of the tape ?...TQ
Claudio Ruzza_1
Valued Contributor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge

You mentioned a condition called "poor", so I assume you are dealing with Omniback/Data Protector.
Which version are you using?
Are latest patches installed?
Are your drives in a Tape Library?
Are your drives/Tape library connected via SCSI or FC?
In this case, which firmware are using switches-FC cards-SCSItoFCrouter?
Are switches zoned?
Which server(s) are managing your tape library?
And so on....
can you give us some more details?

thank you
Claudio Ruzza
Occasional Visitor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge

Are you shipping your media to offsite? I have lots of offsite media problem.
Leif Halvarsson_2
Honored Contributor

Re: Ultrium Cartridge


I assume you use DataProtector/OmniBack and, the media is marked as poor in the media database.

DP always mark a media as bad if there is any problem with read/write to/from the media, regardless of the reason for the problem (media, drive, SCSI, FC etc.). DP ann simply not distinguish between the different type of problems. In most cases there is no problem with the media itself but tha data may be corrupted.

If DP 5.1 you can recycle the media and then do a omnimm -reset_poor_media . If DP 5.0 or OB you have to export and reinitialize the media.