DAT recorder (formatting tapes, how?)

DAT recorder (formatting tapes, how?)

Post by Jan Guldemon » Tue, 02 May 1995 04:00:00



Hi,

We wanted to buy a new DAT recorder for backup. But it turned out that
we had an "old" DAT drive somewhere. I have installed this one in the
Solaris x86 2.4 system (it's a SCSI-drive). It boots correctly saying
it's a ARCHIVE Python 25501-XXX. This could be fine...

But I opened the tape tool in openwindows and tried to get a file-list.
It seemed like the tape (that was with it) is not formatted or in an
unredable format for TapeTool. I trief to format the tape. But I
couldn't find the way to format a tape. Could someone please give
me the command to type to let the 1Gb tape be formatted? Please?

Thanks!

 
 
 

DAT recorder (formatting tapes, how?)

Post by Bill Pa » Tue, 02 May 1995 04:00:00


Daring to challenge the will of the almighty Leviam00se, Jan Guldemond

: Hi,

: We wanted to buy a new DAT recorder for backup. But it turned out that
: we had an "old" DAT drive somewhere. I have installed this one in the
: Solaris x86 2.4 system (it's a SCSI-drive). It boots correctly saying
: it's a ARCHIVE Python 25501-XXX. This could be fine...

: But I opened the tape tool in openwindows and tried to get a file-list.
: It seemed like the tape (that was with it) is not formatted or in an
: unredable format for TapeTool. I trief to format the tape. But I
: couldn't find the way to format a tape. Could someone please give
: me the command to type to let the 1Gb tape be formatted? Please?

: Thanks!

As far as I know, the only type of cartridge tapes that require formatting
are the ones used with QIC-80 drives (which attach to the floppy controller of
a PC). You shouldn't have to do any special formatting to use a 4mm DAT tape.

It is possible that the tape you have has become corrupted, or never
had anything on it to start with. Alternatively, you might be specifying
the wrong block size.

Try something simple like creating a tar archive on it:

# tar -cvf /dev/rst0 some_junk_files

Then read it back:

# tar -tvf /dev/rst0

(Note that I used the old device name. I happen to despise the device
naming scheme in SVR4 and avoid it whenever possible.)

If that works, then the drive is probably okay.

-Bill

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