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Problem preparing media in new IBM The SATA DDS Generation 5 Tape Drive

Posted on 2009-07-02
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I've recently installed a brand new IBM The SATA DDS Generation 5 Tape Drive and everything seems to be normal until its time to prepare my tape for a backup. My OS (XP Pro) doesn't give me the option to prepare the media even though it sees it, the only option available are to eject and free the tape. My question is; has anyone else experienced something similar when installing this hardware? The tapes are also brand new.
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What are you using for backup software you need to make sure your software support tape drives.

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Unless you are using some third-party software like Backup Exec, you'll need to use the NT Backup Applet (Start->All Programs->Accessories->System Tools->Backup to initialise and write to the tape.
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I've been using ntbackup, my problem is I cannot get ntbackup to work because I can't prepare the media in removeable storage first.
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You shouldn't need to 'prepare' the media in Removeable Storage - you initialise the tape in NT Backup itself.
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I managed to find the solution to this this in the end. It was an issue with SATA and HP Drivers. When I connected to the tape drive externally with the use of a USB > SATA converter, it worked fine. So I have purchased an external case for the tape drive that connects with USB. All works fine.
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