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Any Windows API for Checking the Space Available in Tape drive along with other backup features

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Hi,

 I am developing a utility to take back up on Tape drive. So before I start back up I need to the some of the properties such as drive is ready, Space Available on the drive, etc.

  So I am looking out for an API which can support these requirements.
   
  Can any one guide me?.
  If any sample code is there, that will help me.

Expecting earliest response.
   
Thanks in advance,
Regards
shri.
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Not so easy.

First off, only some tape drives support reporting space remaining on tape. Those that do only report space remaining as per the native capacity, so once compression is used it will not be acurate.

What difference does it really make, if the tape fills up just span to another tape.

You should be looking at a SCSI reference manual for a tape drive to get an understanding of how they work and here is a link to MSDM Tape Class Driver page.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/storage/hh/storage/04mntape_7xyf.asp

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Hi,
dovidmichel, Thanks for information.

   Since I am new to this domain, If I can get some more(Detailed) information would be helpful for me.

Rgds
Shri
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I don't understand, is it that you do not understand my answer and want me to elaborate?
Exactly what is it that you want more details on?
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  I coul'd not reply my comments since I was out of my work for the last one month.
I have managed to this problem with the help of the link given by dov.

Thanks
Shri
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