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How to format tape Cartridge to LTFS

Posted on 2016-11-03
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Hello experts,

I have a tape drive HP MSL 2024 connected to a backup server (Windows 2012) via SAS Cable.

I want to use an archive feature from my backup application "Asigra Cloud Backup" which only use  tape drive cartridge formatted with LTFS (linear tape file system)

Asigra BLM Archiver
So , I have download the application HP Storeopen, but It fails when I try to format the tape drive cartridge.

Please help, and if possible  let me know also the different solutions to format tape cartridge to LTFS .
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by:andyalder
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Which did you download? StoreOpen stand-alone or StoreOpen Automation. Stand-alone wouldn't know how to put the tape in the drive although you can do that manually via the library web GUI or front panel. (I must admit I haven't used either product)
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by:cismoney
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Ok, I was using StoreOpen stand-alone. I have uninstalled it and I have installed StoreOpen Automation.

But I still have errors when trying to format cartdridges.
 Storeopen Automation
MSL 2024
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by:andyalder
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The automation version is designed to use libraries so I would assume the drives have to be empty when you use that.
Can you confirm no other backup software has access to the device? Running HP Library and Tape Tools will check that for you.
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by:cismoney
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Tivoli storage Manager was using the MSL 2024, but I have just stop the connection between tivoli and the tape drive.

The result is still the same, the formatting still fails

LTFS15000I Starting mkltfs, HP StoreOpen Automation version 3.0.0, log level 2
LTFS15041I Launched by "..\mkltfs.exe --device=Changer0 -s NT0100L6"
LTFS15042I This binary is built for Windows
LTFS15043I GCC version is 4.7.2
LTFS17087I Kernel version: Windows
LTFS17085I Plugin: Loading "ltotape_win" driver
LTFS20013I Drive type is HP LTO6, serial number is HUE60603D0
LTFS20116I Mfg-assigned serial number is HUE60603D0
LTFS12012E Cannot open device: failed backend open call
LTFS10004E Cannot open device 'Tape2147483646

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andyalder earned 2000 total points
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L&TT shows the library to be OK (with TSM stopped)?

I wonder whether it needs removable media service enabled or disabled under Windows, it can hardly ask TSM to load the tape for it so presumably it uses the native RMS which is often disabled as it fights with 3rd party library software over control of the robot.
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by:cismoney
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Thanx a lot @andyalder.

Following your post, I have downloaded L&TT and I have used it to upgrade my library and drive firmware.
 I also  ran a few test using L&TT and now the LTFS formatting with  StoreOpen Automation works fine!!
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