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I Have HP LTO5, previously the tape drive was used by Yosemite Server Backup Basic was working fine, now we have installed Symantec Backup Exec 15, when we try to backup on the tape which was being used with old software it does not allow to use the tape, even the cleaning is not possible.
we are not interested with the data on the tape, we want to use the tape with new software.
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We used new tapes with Symantec BU Exec 15 as the older ones could not be reused.
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Sir the Tapes are not old they have been used twice only, the age of the tape is not more than two months.
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I meant older style of tapes. We had to change tapes for the new backup.
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Try using HP's tape tools to test.
You may need a firmware upgrade.
Plus it's Symantec and like a box of chocolates ,you'll never now what you'll get from them.
http://h20566.www2.hpe.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=406731&ac.admitted=1411446034954.876444892.199480143&lang=en&cc=us
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Also the newest Backup Exec encrypts tapes so you may be running into that. New tapes in new Backup Exec taken off site for safe keeping cannot be opened by anyone.
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You don't want to "clean" the tapes (in backup, we clean tape drives (a physical process of getting the gunk of the tape head)), but we don't clean tapes.

You want to format or initialize (possibly but not likely 'erase') the tapes, which will prepare them for use by the new backup application (Backup Exec 15 in this case).  

If the tapes had been encrypted using LTO hardware encryption, then you won't be able to format or initialize them in the new backup application.  In that case, your answer is to use HP Library and Tape Tools (a free download, or at least was before HPE split) from www.hpe.com, and perform even a brief "tape write test" to the tape.   This write test will write to the tape regardless of whether it's encrypted or not, and in the process overwrite the tape header that tells the drive (and thus the backup application) that the tape is an encrypted tape.   Ah, here's the link:  http://www8.hp.com/us/en/products/storage-software/product-detail.html?oid=406729

I recommend that you also use L&TT to upgrade the firmware on your  tape drive, as long as you're installing L&TT.  The latest firmware can improve reliability and performance, along with fixing potential bugs.
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Thanks SelfGovern.

Your solution helped me to resolve my issue.
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Thank You all for your help
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