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Tape offline

Created: 11 Apr 2013 | 6 comments

Hi,

we have a tape library and I have an issue with one of our tapes. this tape containe some data from 2 years ago, and I want to read the data that is on it, but in the property of the tape I can see that is offline, I did run an inventory on the tape but still says offline. any idea why this heppening?

Thanks

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CraigV's picture

Hi,

 

The tape remains offline, or the drive?

If the tape is offline, just move it to a media set that you know is in use (you can slide the protective tab across to physically protect the tape).

Also, an inventory just shows the tape up in BE as being present in the library. Did you follow this up with a Catalog job to add the information on tape back into the BEDB?

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Shahin123's picture

Hi Carig,

 

Thanks for your replay,

 

I did  assosiate the offline tape with a media set the we use every night for backup but still tape is offline.

I dont think the tape is physically protected, I can not check this becuse the backup library is in a data center.

Do you think the Cataloging the offline tape would help it to bring it online?

 

Thanks,

 

Shahin

I put the offline tape back to its own media set but now I can see this tape 2 times there one is offline and other one has the offline pic on it. any idea why I see this tape 2 times?

 

CraigV's picture

...run a BEDB repair and see if it still shows up. If you can now restore your data you're fine.

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Shahin123's picture

I did move the offline tape to the Retired media set and then remove it from there, now the tape is not any more offline but still unable to restore any data.

shauld I go ahead and run a tape cataloge?

 

Thanks

 

I did try the catalog but what heppens is that tape get loaded and unloade to the drive!!

CraigV's picture

Go for it...

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Shahin123's picture

I did try the catalog but what heppens is that tape get loaded and unloade to the drive!!

and nothing heppens I did cancel the opration.

 

Shahin