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Re: [opensuse] Tape Drive Trouble
On 20/06/17 20:33, John Andersen wrote:
On 06/20/2017 12:28 PM, Paul Groves wrote:
How would I check this? It must record on the drive somewhere surely?
It might be the result of the self diagnostic tests.
If cleaning (per manufacturer directions) doesn't fix it, the heads
probably need replacement. Check Vendor's website.
Maybe just reach for your checkbook.

All my knowledge of tape drives is 10ish years old. I've reached
the area of guesswork here. (I fought them long and hard since
the Netware 2.x era).

Upshot:
If you can't trust this drive, you certainly don't want to keep it.

I just found the Device Analysis option and there are no errors on the drives internal log.

There must be somewhere to check the estimated life expectancy of the heads. There is an option to test the tape cartridge for wear / data integrity so there must be one for the drive somewhere.

I am not sure if I can trust the drive or not yet. it may just be dirty. for all I know the previous owner may never have cleaned the thing.

I just read on-line you are supposed to run a cleaning cartridge 5 times to completely clean the heads. I will try this now but the drive is not asking to be cleaned so no idea if this will work.

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