NTBACKUP erasing tape problem

I have a Colorado T-3000 backup tape drive on a NT 4.0 server. I need to have the tape erased before I do the backup. I could start the NTbackup and click on the erase function but ... I want to do it in a batch file so I use the command line version:

NTBACKUP /nopoll

which should start the program and erase the tape. Well ... it is not. It does start the NTBACKUP program but doesn't do the erase, just sits there till someone comes and exits the program. It does not want to do the erase. There is no error message displayed, no entry made in the event log, nothing.

Can you tell me what is wrong? All other backup functions work just fine through the command propt line!

Thank you.
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unicorntechCommented:
I had tis problem once and had to erase the tape the first time manually and the second time it worked fine. I tink it was due to the fact that it couldn't recognise the tape format until it was erased the first time. Try this and let me know how it goes,

Regards,

Jason
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neisAuthor Commented:
Dear Jason,

Thank you for your answer. I never received the email announcing your answer so I just checked this page myself now.

I'll try your sollution and let you know asap.

Thank you
Laurentiu
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neisAuthor Commented:
Sorry, but it did not work...

I took the line out from my batch file. We just make sure the tape is empty before we use it.
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markbnetroCommented:
Be nice to know why it DOESN'T work!
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