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Problems with expired cleaning media

Created: 11 Sep 2013 | 8 comments

Hi all,

I am having constant problems with "bad/expired" cleaning tapes which keep causing my jobs to fail.

We get through a cleaning tape once every couple of months which seems crazy to me.

I want to reuse 'expired' tapes because I dont believe they truly are unusable.  Is there anyway I can totally remove the tapes and add them back to the new system as if they were a new tape?

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pkh's picture

Do you include the cleaning tapes when you do an inventory. Each they are inventories, it counts as one cleaning

lmosla's picture

This is an often encountered issue please see  http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH193827 and the workaround.

twshelpdesk's picture

Yes I include the cleaning tapes when I do an inventory (every day).  Guess it has used up the life rather quickly.

I have tried to delete the tapes and use a new barcode, but I still get the same message.  I guess it gets this information from cleaning tape media ID.

Oh well, guess I will have to buy a couple of new cleaning tapes and make it more of a manual process in future. 

pkh's picture

Since you are using barcode labels there is no need to do inventory. A scan does the same thing as an inventory and it out a lot faster

twshelpdesk's picture

Can you schedlue a scan in the same way you can an inventory?

pkh's picture

I am not sure because I do not have a tape library attached to my test BE 2012.  Right-click on your library, select scan and see whether you can schedule it.

You can definitely use the Windows scheduler to run the BEMCLI cmdlet, Submit-BEScanJob at a certain fixed time.

There is no need to scan your library on a periodic basis.  You only need to do a scan after you have remove the magazines and change tapes.  A scan is very fast, a couple of minutes at the most.  This is because only the barcode labels are read. Unlike an inventory which actually read the tape in the tape drive which for a cleaning tape is equivalent to cleaning the tape head.

Larry Fine's picture

Change the slot properties of the slot that holds the cleaning tape to indicate that it is a cleaning slot.  That will prevent an inventory job from using up your cleaning tapes.

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