> Subject: Hardware failures
> From: "Marty James" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
> Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2000 12:44:25 +1100
> Hi guys (and the girls to if there's any out there on this list!),
> I've been experiencing frequent but non-the-less erratic Hardware 
> Failures over the last couple of months.
> I run about 75 clients (all macs) off a 7300/200, to a Sony DSS tape 
> drive. I've been marking the tapes that come up with Hardware errors, 
> to see if there's a pattern. Also, I've tried disconnecting 
> EVERYTHING and letting the tape drive cool for like 8 hours. Also, 
> I've been head cleaning almost twice a week.
> I can't seem to correlate my actions with any specific 
> results...sometimes one of the options above will seem to help for a 
> few days but then BOOM...Hardware Failure? Is this a buffer underrun 
> proplem or something or is the media (Tapes) the problem?
> I ordered a new head cleaning tape and 10 new DSS tapes, but does 
> anyone recognize this problem and if so, what do you recommend I do?
> Cheers
> Marty.
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I have this problem and I decided to get a new tape drive.  I had been using
a Sony SDT-5200 and I couldn't never get the firmware updated so I
"procured" a new HP DDS drive and it even can use the tapes where I use to
get Media Error.  I used to get Media errors all the time even with new
tapes.  I would use it once, do a full backup and the next time I ran an
incremental it would forward to the end of the  last full and give me a 206

                Device trouble: “2-Backup Keenan Terry”, error 206 (drive
reported a failure: dirty heads, bad media, etc.)
              Additional error 
information for device "Sony DAT" [0:2],
                Sense > f0 00 03 00 00 00 29 
12 00 00 00 00 3b 08 00 00 44 00
                  (SONY    |SDT-5200        |3.02)
I also was getting these periodically which was being blamed on network

                Bad backup set header found (0x0e000000 at 532,480).
backup set header found (0x37313430 at 532,572).
           Bad backup set header 
found (0x10000000 at 614,400).
I had the drive repaired awhile ago but it never really was quite the same
as new.  I had hoped that updating the firmware would fix the problem but I
needed a PC to do that with a SCSI card and when that combination was found
they usually had problems accessing the drive anyway.  It turns out I needed
to upgrade to a previous firmware first and then go to the latest.  Maybe if
I have time later I'll look into this.....

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