Error with sense data on PE 1420SC

Nigel Smart nigel at
Mon May 15 08:55:37 CDT 2006

That is generally not a good error, a quick google search on threw up a 
suggestion if cleaning the tape, see if that helps.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Karl Zander" <kzander at>
To: <linux-poweredge at>
Sent: Monday, May 15, 2006 2:35 PM
Subject: Error with sense data on PE 1420SC

> Our server is going off-line just as tape backup finishes.  syslog shows
> this
> kernel: st0:  Error with sense data:  <6>st:  Current: sense key=0x5
> kernel:       ASC=0x20  ASCQ=0x0
> And then the server is off-line.
> The tape backup unit is a Seagate Model STT3401A
> Kernel is 2.6.16-gentoo-r6
> Is the "sense data" error indicating a hardware problem with the tape
> drive?  Or is it indicating I have something incorrect in my kernel?
> --Karl
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