Why can't I read a HP DAT with a SONY?

Why can't I read a HP DAT with a SONY?

Post by Andreas Gutzwill » Tue, 22 Jul 1997 04:00:00



I use a SONY SDT-S5000 4mm DAT (DDS2). I can write and read DDS & DDS2 tape
without any problem. Now a friend made a copy of a few file to his HP
SureStore 2000i(only DDS tape). He used tar to do this.
My Sony can't read this tape. Access to the drive is no problem but tar
reports an I/O error.
So is not every DDS tape compatible with an other DDS tape or is there only
a trick to know?

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Why can't I read a HP DAT with a SONY?

Post by Bruno Corne » Thu, 24 Jul 1997 04:00:00



> I use a SONY SDT-S5000 4mm DAT (DDS2). I can write and read DDS & DDS2 tape
> without any problem. Now a friend made a copy of a few file to his HP
> SureStore 2000i(only DDS tape). He used tar to do this.
> My Sony can't read this tape. Access to the drive is no problem but tar
> reports an I/O error.
> So is not every DDS tape compatible with an other DDS tape or is there only
> a trick to know?

THe problem is probably that the HP drive compressed the data (by
default).

And your drive is not able to read these compressed data.

Hope this gives hints :-)

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