Formatting a tape?
andrew at qemg.org
Thu Mar 19 10:36:46 PDT 2009
On Thu, 19 Mar 2009, Jaime wrote:
> I have a DLT tape drive in a FreeBSD system. With one of the tapes, I
> can get "tar -cvpf /dev/sa0 -C / ." to work. With all the other
> tapes, I can't.
> Is there some kind of formatting process that I need to do? I tried
> "mt fsf 1" from this page:
I assume that this is a fresh tape? Do other tapes from the same batch work?
What happens if you use dd to try and write to the tape?
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sa0 count=8
should print out:
8+0 records in
8+0 records out
If you are getting something else, I might suspect a physical media problem.
I have certainly gotten the odd dud tape before.
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