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Append to media

Created: 13 Nov 2013 • Updated: 15 Nov 2013 | 2 comments
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I have a scenario where I have 6 duplicate jobs all set: Append to media, overwrite if no appendable media is available

I have an issue were the Tape is almost full ex:500MB left and the the 3th job will be 1.2GB. 

This will stop the backup. What could be done to solve this issue?


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pkh's picture

If you are using a tape library then BE will look for an overwritable in the library. If you have a stand alone tape drive then the tape will eject and you would be prompted to insert an overwritable tape

To maximize the use of the tape the first job in the series should specify overwrite and not append

Vishal Shinde's picture


Just to add what PKH has to say, any job spanned across a different media will never use appendable media, it always span to overwritable media only.

this is per design.

The issue discussed above seems to be caused due to unavailability of overwritable /Scratch media.

so to resolve this issue, please ensure to have enough overwritable media in the slots.



Vishal Shinde

Sr.Learning Consultant

Symantec Education Services