Questions about tape drives, robots, & media. Includes LTO, DAT, etc. Also consider tags such as /backup or for the backup system(s) you're using (/bacula, /amanda, /tar, etc.)

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Is there a tape drive connected?

I need to know if there is a SCSI tape drive connected to my OpenSUSE Linux server. I tried checking the status of /dev/st0 but got an error message: mt: /dev/st0: Input/output error. ...
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fsf and bfs showing different output

I am using mt utility to write a data on LTO 5,Data stored at sequentially on the tape and file will be identified by File 1, 2 ,3 I want to read the file 3 for that I am using fsf and bsf but I am ...
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Compaq Storageworks TL891 Mini Library

I am trying to install Compaq Storageworks TL891 Mini Library on CentOS 6.7 to use with Bacula but it is not being detected. Also where can I find the drivers for this tape library ? cat ...
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A open source and easy-to-use solution to Symantec Backup Exec

i need a open source and easy-to-use solution to replace Symantec Backup Exec. Basically i only make tape-based backups in a Powervault TL2000
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Trying to set up Amanda on CentOS 6.7 using USB-over-Network to connect to remote DAT72

I have an HP DAT72 USB tape drive connected to a Win workstation, and am running FabulaTech's USB over Network. I have a CentOS 6.7 VM running the Linux client for UoN. I can connect to the remote ...
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change tape on the fly script

I have to write 17 Tb to tape: ssh some_host 'tar -cz /' | dd bs=20b of=/dev/tape of course 17 Tb doesn't fit to one tape so I need automatically change it when "no room" error occurs. I have ...
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Copying Tapes Data to Disk [closed]

Is there any command which serves as copy paste option: ABC on tape is copied as ABC on disk, without assigning a self label/name rather using the native file name. I am using DD, TAR and Tcopy (for ...
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Restoring from NTBackup Tape

Does anyone have any insights into how to read files from a tape created using NTBackup? The situation is as follows. Several months ago, my office migrated a key piece of software from a local ...
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How to use AES hardware encryption of LTO tape drives on Linux?

How to use AES hardware encryption of LTO tape drives on Linux? I expect the LTO AES encryption to be faster than software solutions. A quick benchmark of aespipe on i7 CPU gives an impression on the ...
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What does mt -f /dev/st0 erase do exactly on a tape drive?

What does mt -f /dev/st0 erase do exactly with a (LTO-6) tape drive at /dev/st0? It takes hours and seems to write many times. Does it write random data on the tape several times to delete the ...
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Interacting with Tape Library on CentOS 7 via mtx

I have a Quantum SuperLoader 3 plugged in via SAS to a CentOS 7 system. It shows in dmesg and lsscsi and is handled by the ch driver. $ lsscsi [0:2:0:0] disk LSI MR9271-8i 3.24 ...
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Why can't the tape device such as '/dev/st0' use commands like 'cp' to copy contents to it?

I got this point from a book,it says Because the tape device is a disposable I/O device,so we can't use commands like 'cp' to copy. And the author recommended to use 'tar': tar -cvf /dev/st0 ...
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tar: /dev/st0: Cannot write: Input/output error

When we attempt to use tar to write data to an LTO-5 tape, we get the following error. The device starts to write, and then fails. See the tar command and output, followed by the dmesg output. I ...
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tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot write: Input/output error when taking backup

When I try to take backup of data more than 1MB in a tape (LTO3) using tar command it showing me the following error. xyz@localhost# tar -cvf /dev/nst0 file1.tar file1.tar tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot ...
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How to take incremental backup in tape drive

I am having 1 tape drive and I want to take incremental backup of 5 folder to the tape drive on every Friday. But the location of the five folders are on one server and the LTO mounted on a different ...
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Tape device file does not exist

I am trying to Read / Write data into my HP LTO3 1X8 Autoloader Tape drive. I have the required drivers installed. When I ran rpm -qa | grep mt-st I got: mt-st-1.1-5.el6.x86_64 Further when I ran ...
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I can't find tape device file inside /dev directory

I'm using tape storage drive HP LTO3 1x8 auto-loader which is connected to my server running CentOS. it is detected in CentOS correctly. cat /proc/scsi/scsi Host: scsi2 Channel: 00 Id: 01 Lun: 00 ...
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LTO tape drive: “/dev/st0: Inappropriate ioctl for device”

I can write to the tape drive (tar -cf /dev/st0 file) and retrieve files from the tape drive (tar xvf /dev/st0 file). But the problem is when I attempt to use the 'mt' command to check the status of ...
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recover partially overwritten tape from tar -c

I have a situation. I was supposed to run tar -x to recover a tar file from a tape but I pressed "c" and forgot to put the tape on readonly. The file was on fsf position 23, but the tape had 27 files. ...
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SCSI Tape drive on ubuntu and centos

On ubuntu 12.10 I have those SCSI drives: [1:0:0:0] cd/dvd TSSTcorp CDDVDW TS-H653N 0208 /dev/sr0 [2:0:0:0] disk Generic USB SD Reader 1.00 /dev/sdb [2:0:0:1] disk Generic ...
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I can't find my tape library changer under centos 5 with a quantum scalar i40

i have a quantum scalar i40 connect on a centos 5 machine trough SAS interface. I fight with it since a while because the media changer does not work. I finally understood yesterday that the system ...
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How to take and restore backup with an LTO tape drive in RedHat?

I can take a backup with an IBM LTO tape drive in RedHat 5 using mt and tar, but I can't restore it. I can't see previous backup content. Whenever I try to take a backup, I think that the new backup ...
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LUKS encryption for tape media?

I was wondering, if it was possible to use LUKS encryption with tape drives, QIC for instance. I'm using LUKS for USB drives and internal disks, even DVDs and CDROMs. But I was thinking of maybe ...