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Message Posted: Thu, 30 Mar 2000 @ 17:58:43 GMT

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Subj:   Re: Data Block/Bad Parcel Problem on TNT
From:   Glenn McCall

I have never tried this on a tape produced by arcmain so try it on a test tape first (I guess one of the failed arcmain tapes is probably ok 'cos they sound like you can't use them anymore anyway).

On NT, there is a utility called backup (which backs stuff up to tape). This has a menu option to erase a tape. You could try this.

---- Alternatively ---
On Unix, there is a command tapecntl. have a look at the man page for more info (i.e. man tapecntl | pg)

To erase a tape, try

     tapecntl -e /dev/your_tape_drive_special_name_here

for example

     tapecntl -e /dev/rmt/c0t3d0s0

Good Luck (and remember I haven't tried this on an arcmain tape myself).

Glenn McCall

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