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Old 03-29-2011, 03:28 PM   #1
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Having trouble with tape drives and how to access them

Hey guys -

First of all, I truly appreciate any and all help. I just started on a new job and they have a Linux machine hooked up via SCSI to three tape drives (AIT3, SONY DDS and HP Ultrium 960) part of my job is to pull data from tapes in these drives and manipulate that information on my workstation.

I'm having trouble figuring out how to pull the information from the tapes to the hard drive so I can work on it. I'm brand new to Linux and trying to learn, but I'm deadline crunched on this.

Using Uname -r I found I'm running

Using the command cat /proc//scsi/scsi produces the following:

Attached devices:
Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
Vendor: ATA Model:ST3160815AS Rev: 4.AD
Type: Direct Acces ANSI SCSI revision: 05

Host: scsi0 Channel: 00 ID: 01 Lun: 00
Vendor: Optiarc Model: DVD+-RW AD 7200S Rev: 101A
Type: CD-ROM ANSI SCSI revision:05

Host: scsi4 Channel:00 Id: 00 Lun:00
Vendor: Sony Model: SDT-11000 Rev:0200
Type: Senquential Access ANSI SCSI revision 02

Not sure if that helps, it seems to see two of the tape decks and the CD drive. But I'm unsure how to take data off those tapes.

Thanks again in advance

Old 03-29-2011, 05:06 PM   #2
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If i'm not mistaken, you may use the mt and tar commands. Man mt/tar for more information.

Something like this for tar:

tar -cf /dev/st0 <files,directories>

The above link may be helpful.
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