problem with scsi device

Doug White dwhite at
Fri Jan 23 12:07:37 PST 2004

On Wed, 21 Jan 2004, Roberto Nunnari wrote:

> <ARCHIVE Python 06408-XXX 9050> Removable Sequential Access SCSI-3 device

> it seams that if I use a new tape, then I can dump on it..
> but if I try to overwrite the tape, it starts behaving funny.
> also.. anytime I try to write to a non new tape, it will
> make errors and turn on the dirt led.
> The result is that it's not possible to make any reliable
> dump/restore on it.
> the tape drive is less than 1 year old and the tapes are
> of good quality.

My experience with this on DLT tapes is that this is caused by a damaged
head assembly or something is seriously out of alignment. In other words,
its not something you can fix. If it is less than a year old, then it
should still be under warranty. I suggest you take advantage of that.

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