trouble with ftape backups

hello,
i have added the devices and drivers needed to run ftape. the drive itself is a seagate with travan tape. the os is redhat 6.1...
when i execute
#tar -cvf /dev/rft0 /home
as root i get the following error:
tar: /dev/rft0: No such device
tar: Error is not recoverable:exiting now
any ideas? this is my first time performing backups in linux so please be as clear as possible.
thanx
-paul
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BillsterConnect With a Mentor Commented:
Try the following:

                   mt -f /dev/rft0
                   THEN:
                   tar cvf /dev/rft0 /home

                   IF you drive happens to be scsi:

                   mt -f /dev/st0
                   THEN:
                   tar cvf /dev/st0 /home

                   Cheers, Bill

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ventolinCommented:
try this:

tar -cvf /dev/rft0/name_of_backup.tar  /home
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xhawk012000Author Commented:
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BillsterCommented:
Try the following:
mt -f /dev/rft0
THEN:
tar cvf /dev/rft0 /home

IF you drive happens to be scsi:

mt -f /dev/st0
THEN:
tar cvf /dev/st0 /home

Cheers, Bill
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