DLT tape question

Basil Hussain basil.hussain at kodakweddings.com
Wed Mar 27 10:48:00 CST 2002


> Note the WR_PROT status, i.e. write protected. Needless to say the
> physical write protect tab on the tape is off.
> Although tar on linux will happily read the tape's contents, there
> seems to be no way to write to the same tape.


> So the $64k question - how do I get to re-use these tapes?

We have an HP DLT1e tape drive here, and the docs state that it will only
*read* DLT4000-written tapes. All the DLT1 tape drives I've ever come across
are the same. For the HP, with regard to writing to them, the manual states
that you may only do this when "a DLTtape IV has been bulk erased or

So, it would seem you can't re-use them as-is.


Basil Hussain
Internet Developer, Kodak Weddings
E-Mail: basil.hussain at kodakweddings.com

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