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I have this tape drive install in a dell poweredge 2900 server and I can seem to get it working, ubuntu can see the drive but I cant mount any tape I even Did mt -f /dev/nst0 erase and the drive led started to blink. any suggestions?

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A tape drive?! Wow! That's old! – William Nov 16 '11 at 0:20
yes it is jejeje but I really want this working – Engels Peralta Nov 16 '11 at 0:34
I understand. Unfortanately I don't know much about this topic so I can't help you. Sorry. – William Nov 16 '11 at 0:36
Thats ok thanks :) – Engels Peralta Nov 16 '11 at 0:44
up vote 3 down vote accepted

Tape drives are a bit old school , and you manage them with mt and tar.

My guess is that it takes time for the tape to write (with your erase command).

man mt

Rewind the tape

mt -f dev/nst0 rewind

List files on the tape

tar -tzf dev/nst0

See also:

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Thanks for this when i get the chance i will tested – Engels Peralta Feb 28 '12 at 22:40

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