Backup Exec 12, new LTO3 media errors
We run Backup Exec 12 on a Windows 2003 32bit SP2 Server connected to a Dell PowerVault 124T.
We have a ton of tapes in circulation so Ive been re-using media by just quick erasing and the media gets put back into scratch media and backup exec then takes from this pool for the Daily, Weekly and Monthly backup schedules. Apart from tape read write errors on certain older tapes this has been working flawelessly for quick a while. Some of the tapes are getting a bit old and get passed over or designated as Retired Media and I am now in the process of refreshing our tape pool with new media.
I bought two boxes of HP LTO3 Ultrium RW tapes which is the exact same media thats currently in circulation. I label all the new media with new barcode stickers, feed them into the PowerVault and they are all then seen as scratch media (blank media). Backup Exec will take one of the new tapes for say the Weekly job, tape will sit in the drive but never gets written to. After a while an alert says insert overwriteable/appendable media. At first I thought it was somehow the tapes and sent them back to the supplier who replaced the two boxes (10 tapes) for me but the new ones are doing the exact same thing. If you view the properties of the new never been written to before tapes it shows over 200 Hard write errors!
What am I missing? Even associating the tapes with the Weekly or Daily media sets makes no difference. Its like the tapes need to be prepared for first time use (formatted?) but there is no such option?