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Dat Drive Hp Backup Tape Drive

Dear Friends,
this is a very good community helping the guys.
my problem is that i've a HP Dat Backup Tape Drive. now when i try to insert backup tape into the drive. it doesn't accepts it. it just stops it.
can anybody please guide me in this regard.?
Best Regards,
Shahzad Maqbool
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dovidmichelCommented:
First thing to try is cleaning the drive with the cleaning tape. All you do is load it into the drive, and it will eject the tape when cleaning is done. It is fine to clean the drive a few times. If that still does not do it, then try a new tape, either HP or Maxell brand are good.
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much dear friend,
but it doesn't accepts any kind of tape neither it accepts clearning cartridge nor backup tape. when i try to insert it it goes in but the drive doesn't accept it or load it. HP backup drive have  L.E.D's on it and the L.E.D on which clean is written is lit all the time.
Thank you very much once again
Best Regards,
Shahzad Maqbool
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rindiCommented:
For the cleaning tape it would be normal that it will come back out if it is inserted. Since the LED is on all the time that does suggest the cleaning didn't work, so use a new cleaning tape (cleaning tapes can only be used a couple of times.  When the tape is at the end it won't be rewound, so try using a new cleaning tape. If after the tape has been ejected the "Cleaning" Led is still on, there is probably some problem with the tape hardware.
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dovidmichelCommented:
Yes if the light stays on all the time, it is time to call HP support, or see about a replacement drive.
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Your cleaning tape may be usd up. If all the tape is on the right-hand spool (looking at the tape as if you were about to insert it in the drive) then its time to buy a new cleaning tape. DAT Cleaning tapes cannot be rewound so once its used up you need to buy a new one.

If your cleaning tape is new or not used up then as dovdmichel says - its probably time to get a new drive.
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
Sorry to say but you guys are not getting the point.
i was saying that it doesn't accepts the tape and led is continuously ON .
even i tried to insert brand new backup taps and cleaning cartridges(New onces, i just opened and tried to put into the tape drive). but backup tape doesn't accepts the cleaning cartridges or backup tapes(new one i'm talking about.) . it means problem is not with the backup tape or cleaning cartridge.
there is some problem with the tape drive(as i told you earlier that led is continuously on).
and i don't want to pay to HP. what can i do my self.
backup tape or cartridge goes into the drive but drive doesn't picks ,it just stops.
i'll be really greatful if you people help me here.
Thank you very muhc
Best Regards,
Shahzad Maqbool
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Sorry to say that most likely the drive is dead.

It is probably worth taking the cover off and checking to see if a sticky label has come unstuck from a tape and got itself stuck in the drive mechanism. Other than that there isn't much you can do without specialist test equipment. DAT drives use a helical scan system (much like a VCR) and the heads and tape path shouldn't be touched.

It really does sound like its time to get a new drive...
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WalkaboutTiggerCommented:
When you say the drive won't accept the tape, do you mean the drive will not even suck the tape in?

If the answer to this question is "yes" then the drive likely already has a tape jammed in it (one of the causes pf this is that a tape was inserted backwards).  If this is the case, you will need to pull the case off and examine the drive.
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
No, it suck the tape in fully but doesn't accepts it.
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PanjandrumCommented:
I used to work at HP as a field engineer and I can give you one advice.

If a DAT drive or DDS drive or every kind of tape device stops to load tapes, replace it.
If you have a new tape drive, use new tapes. I often saw old tapes screwing up brand new DAT drives because
visually the tape was ok but in the end it ****ed up the new drive completely.

DAT drives have an average lifetime of 3 years!
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
sorry friends problem was that i just uncovered the case and plugged out the cables of DAT and then restarted the server. it's working now. but it gives error "BAD MEDIA"
what does mean by that.can anyone please tell me about it.?
Best Regards
Shahzad Maqbool
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WalkaboutTiggerCommented:
Now you want to clean it if the cleaning light is still on - could be a dirty head.
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
Yes good friend i had cleaned it. but it's giving messsage bad media
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
Can you people please tell me what is meant by "BAD MEDIA"
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
The most likely cause for this message is that the drive is unable to read the tape. It suggests either a bad tape or (most likely given the preceeding posts) a bad tape drive.
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COMPUTERHIGHWAYAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much for all of you helping me.
Best Regards,
Shahzad Maqbool
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