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[HELP] Standalone tape drive with backup Exec 2012

Created: 18 May 2014 | 2 comments
wenn's picture

Hi all,

I'm implementing backup to tape with Backup Exec SP4. I use a LTO4 standadlone tape drive. When a runing backup job runs out of storage, I manually introduce a new tape but the new tape is rejected from the tape drive. Is there any preconfiguration tasks to the medias before it can be used by Backup Exec? How can I let backup exec spans its backups on two tapes?

thanks and regards, 

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Colin Weaver's picture

The new tape has to be overwritable - as such if it is a tape you have used before that is subject to overwrite protection it will be refused.

I believe we should be able to use brand new unsed tapes but just in case would recommend running an inventory job on these tapes at some point before you think you might use them

pkh's picture

Before you use a brand-new tape you must label it. Put it in the tape drive, right-click on the tape drive in the Storage tab and select label.

Before you run your job make sure that the tape is in the scratch media set.