This is a silly question, however I want to make sure my troubleshooting logic is sound. I have a HP Proliant ML 570 Server with an external HP Dat 40 tape drive. I am receiving the following errors:
[me@linuxbox]~>tar -tvf /dev/st1
tar: /dev/st1: Cannot read: Input/output error
tar: At beginning of tape, quitting now
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
I am running RH ES 4.3. I have tried to clean the tape drive, reboot the server to clear the SCSI Bus. The permissions for the drive are correct. I believe the tape drive is just a dud and needs to be replaced. I have also tried to use the mt -f /dev/st1 retension, rewoffl, and other commands to get it to work. Is there something else I am missing or am I correct with my logic?