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HP DAT72 USB drive unable to use other brand media

Posted on 2008-01-30
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I have a HP DAT72 USB external drive attached to a Windows 2000 Server running Backup Exec 10d.  It's been running fine and I was able to use different brands of DAT72 media I had.  One day it just started to refuse to label new media - but only for the Imation and Quantum DAT72 tapes.  Backup Exec would say "CRC error" and the drive would blink yellow "clean drive" light.  Strangely it labels/formats without a hitch for HP DAT72 and HP DDS-3 tapes I have.  Almost feels like a conspiracy.  :-)  It does still write to existing media OK.  I do run drive cleaning tape regularly.

Any idea on what to check?
Question by:techhealth
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I would say the drive is dying, slowly, so prepare to replace it soon.

I hope this helps !
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Yep that surely is a possibility.  Thanks!
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The situation has been going on for quite a few months.  The drive still functions fine in other aspects and uses any existing media (any brand) without a problem.  I'll have a backup drive ready and wait-n-see.

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