tape error

tape error

Post by Chad D. Lemm » Wed, 10 Jan 1996 04:00:00

I'm tying to extract files off of my tape drive
and I think that tape may be bad.  Here is the error I get:

Notice: Stp: Error on SCSI tape 0 (ha=0 id=2 lun=0)
Medium error
tar: tape read error
read: I/O error

I get this when I type tar xvf /dev/rct0.  Does this mean the tape is bad?


tape error

Post by Stephen M. Du » Sun, 14 Jan 1996 04:00:00

$Notice: Stp: Error on SCSI tape 0 (ha=0 id=2 lun=0)
$Medium error
$tar: tape read error
$read: I/O error
$I get this when I type tar xvf /dev/rct0.  Does this mean the tape is bad?

   It means that there was an error reading the tape.  The tape may
be bad; the drive may be bad; the drive may simply need cleaning.

Stephen M. Dunn, CNE, ACE, Sr. Systems Analyst, United System Solutions Inc.
104 Carnforth Road, Toronto, ON, Canada M4A 2K7          (416) 750-7946 x251


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I have a tyan mother board with redhat linux 2.1 and Win 95 installed on
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drive is present in the system and it is attached to the floppy cable.

On the Linux Redhat side, I have ftape installed on what ever version
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I recently went to do a tar to the tape drive and it worked OK.
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Knowing that the tapes are susceptable to strecting and other problems,
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