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Re: DAT drive headaches

On Mon, 13 Dec 2004 16:02:09 +0000, Jon Hill wrote
> Hi
> I am running Core 2 with a SCSI Controller INITIO INIC 1060P and HP 
> DDS-4 C5683A DAT drive. I really want to try and get my backup 
> routines sorted for Christmas but I am struggling with some errors 
> when creating TAR archives.
> the result from mt -f /dev/st0 status is
> SCSI 2 tape drive:
> File number=-1, block number=-1, partition=0.
> Tape block size 0 bytes. Density code 0x0 (default).
> Soft error count since last status=0
> General status bits on (50000):
> I am getting a lot of the following error messages.
> tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Input/output error
> tar: Skipping to next header
> tar: Archive contains obsolescent base-64 headers
> tar: /dev/st0: Cannot read: Input/output error
> On previous attempts (before I manually set the block size), I was 
> seeing a lot of these st0: error 70000 (sugg. bt 0x0, driver bt 0x0, 
> host bt 0x7). inia100:13 0
> Can anyone give me some pointers that might help solve this?
> Thanks,
> Jon

Is the Tape drive the ONLY device on that SCSI controller?? If it is shared
with the HDD then you will get these type of errors. If it is, then I'd
suggest to pop in another SCSI controller, and move the Tape Drive there. That
will eliminate those errors. If it's on it's own, then check to see if all the
SCSI bus terminators are correctly installed. As that can also cause these
types of errors.

I had a system here, doing the same thing, putting in another controller
solved that problem.

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