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João Rebelo Pinto
How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 22, 2014 at 11:10:51 am

Good morning, everyone (or afternoon, depending on your timezone).

I have tried to format an LTO-5 before but unsuccessfully, since I am not LTO-savvy or terminal-savvy.
I have tried to put this question through the support in the past but for some reason my ticket simply disappeared.
I have some LTOs that I want to "recycle", completely erasing the information I have inside and make them BRU-compatible.
How would you propose I do this, and could you please provide a detailed explanation (step-by-step)? I would be very much appreciated.

I have BRU PE version 3.0.2 (build 108), on a mac running 10.7.5, and I have an HP LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 tape drive.
Any more information I could provide, let me know.

PS: I guess this question could best be answered by TIM JONES, of TOLIS Group, but I don't know how to tag him so he can see this... :/


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Jorge Bernal
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 24, 2014 at 5:13:29 pm

The only thing you need to do is to go about your archive as usual.

Once you are ready to go, when you hit the button a menu will come up asking whether you are appending (adding) or overwriting. Choose overwriting and whatever existed on that tape before will be gone.

Jorge Bernal
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Tim Jones
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 28, 2014 at 9:36:38 pm

Hi Joao -

No format required for BRU tapes. BRU uses the raw tape layer. Just pop the tape into the drive and tell BRU PE to write (overwrite a new tape since you can't append to it :) ).

Tim

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.productionbackup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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john Sellman
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Dec 4, 2014 at 3:10:56 pm

Every time I try to backup the tape ejects and says that it's full, even when I check the overwrite button.



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Tim Jones
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Dec 4, 2014 at 5:34:36 pm

You should definitely open a support ticket at http://support.bru.com. The team will get you sorted very quickly.

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.tolisgroup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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Pall Olafsson
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 11:31:45 am

Did you get any solution?


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Pall Olafsson
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 11:28:07 am

Hi, I have a similar problem... when Archiving I check to erase old information on the tape but it ignore it and ask for another tape, this tape is full. Did you have any luck with this?


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Tim Jones
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 3:36:37 pm

What brand of tape drive are you using?

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.tolisgroup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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Pall Olafsson
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:18:11 pm

Hi, I'm using
HP StoreEver LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 SAS External Tape Drive
http://www3.hp.com/product/sku/10240361'>http://h30094.http://www3.hp.com/product/sku/10240361

I tried a different cable (the one I was using was used for a LTO 4 tape drive)
and it seems to be working... is that possible that it was the cable?


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Tim Jones
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:33:14 pm

Absolutely. We actually have custom 1 to 1 and 1 to 4 cables built for our solutions because we found that the generic cables available in the market were too unpredictable from a quality standpoint. They really start to demonstrate issues when we started driving LTO-6 at full speeds (180MB/sec ±).

I'm glad that you got that sorted.

Tim
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Tim Jones
CTO - TOLIS Group, Inc.
http://www.tolisgroup.com
BRU ... because it's the RESTORE that matters!


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Pall Olafsson
Re: How to format LTO-5 tapes using BRU PE (and leave them BRU-compatible)
on Apr 16, 2015 at 4:44:42 pm

I'm doing some tests to make sure this is working as it should, but I think this sorted out the problem.
I'll post you to let you know the final result :)

Thank's for the help!


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