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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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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How to set ST_BUFFER_BLOCK in centos6.5

To enable large transfers to tape under Linux (>64 KB per write), i have to set the ST_BUFFER_BLOCKS for that i have to edit the file /usr/src/linux/drivers/scsi/st_options.h and change the ...
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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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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 ...