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Backup Exec misreporting Tape Size

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I've had about enough of Backup Exec by Veritas.  :-)

Here is the question:

I had Veritas 9.0 and then updated to 9.1.  

The problem is - that with either version - my Travan 40GB by Imation are showing up as 16MB  not 40GB tapes... What gives?

There certainly must be something wrong but I'm not sure what?  The server is a Dell with a Seagate drive (Seagate STT3401A (Travan 40) )... This drive is in the compatiblity chart for Veritas... I'm using the drivers that came with the drive and not Veritas' drivers... However, I believe I've tried either one with no joy!  :-(

Any help is most appreciated!
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Not an expert on Travans but I think BE ought to report it as 20GB since that's the claimed native capacity, however the specs say "up to 20GB" for native so maybe something in the data formatting like runlength limiting can bring it down to 16GB on a bad day.

Is it backing up OK or is it giving up at 16GB?
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by:richswyatt
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I didn't mistype.  :-)~  

It is reporting it as 16 MB  not GB.  It isn't even close. LOL
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Aha - found it!

All I had to do was ask it to back up to that tape and voila - it wrote correctly!  So - the tape capacity must be an error - anyway - I'll close the thread.
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agreed, although my question of was it giving up or carrying on when the reported limit was reached at least got them to try it.
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