Having an issue on this end with one of our tape backup units. i believe its a Dell PV110t internal drive. basically the unit has 5 tapes, 2 old ones and 3 brand new ones that i bought in the middle of troubleshooting this issue. Of the two old ones, one it sees as "bad media" and the other it just kicks out without a word. so i figured maybe they were bad tapes since we inherited this system from another department. we purchased 3 new DLT4 tapes and i tried those in the system and veritas still sees the tapes as bad media. i figured maybe the drive needed to be cleaned so i swiped a cleaning tape from one of our tape libraries and tried to use that in the system but the tape drive kicks the tape out before veritas can even recognize it.
also, when i try to make a cleaning job, it asks me to pick a drive to clean and none are in the box.
the machine is out of warranty with dell so i cant have the unit replaced. i'd like to go as far down the road as i can with this before saying its bad hardware. Any ideas?