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Old 06-14-2006, 08:04 AM   #1
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Question How to find out if Tape drive is compatible or not?

Tape drive taht I have is IBM ULTRIUM-TD1 36U3.
I have st0,nst0 in /dev list.
I tried to wtite to tape using
tar -cvf /dev/nst0 file1
I got this error:
tar: /dev/nst0: Cannot open: Input/output error
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

same error is seen with st0. Have provided link to Tape
[root@xyz \dev]# ls -lrt tape
lrwxrwxrwx 1 root root 4 Jul 18 10:29 tape -> nst0

Not able to write through /dev/tape too.

Can some one help me out in this problem and tell me how to write to Tape on linux.

Old 06-14-2006, 08:35 AM   #2
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Hello nishi dwivedi,

To check if the drive is compatible or not , you will
have to read HCL for your distribution.

Have a look at:- for a quick howto on tape backups
Hope, this will help you


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