I've reset DDS-* drives by holding down the eject button for 5 seconds to soft reset the device. Can the same be accomplished on these drives???? It might save your tapes. >I am having troubles with my VXA tapes and thought I'd pass on some >signs, symptoms and a warning. > >The warning: Don't powercycle the VXA drive with a tape in it. Ecrix >confirms that one is *likely* to destroy or lose some header >information and the tape *may* then be recognized by RS as ERASED. >There is no way to recover the umpteen gigs of info that are already >on the tape at this point. Let me hear you all say redundant backups >three times real fast right now! > >The trouble: Lost communications between the computer and the VXA >drive. Backup will stall in the middle for various reasons (client >dropped off the network, 519 errors, slow response...). RS will >still be trying to run the backup and I've been able to stop the >backup. Upon starting any backup to the tape at this point, the VXA >drive is unrecognized (no SCSI drive recognition while RS scans the >bus). I then restarted the computer, and powercycled the drive (tape >still in it, as it wouldn't eject using the front panel). Tape is >now unrecognized by RS and is listed as "erased" when it is >inserted. Neither RS nor ECRIX have any solution (they reviewed the >RS log files and their own log files from the drive), although ECRIX >said they thought RS was working on communications problems with the >drive, this was not confirmed by RS support. > >Haven't solved the communications problem yet, but if anyone has >suggestions, I'm looking for answers. Suspects are SCSI cables (easy >to check, just haven't traded them out yet). > -- Todd Williams UCSD ECE Computing Support Group (858)-534-7821 If you ever stop learning . . . perhaps you're dead!!! -- ---------------------------------------------------------- To subscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] To unsubscribe: [EMAIL PROTECTED] Archives: <http://list.working-dogs.com/lists/retro-talk/> Search: <http://www.mail-archive.com/retro-talk%40latchkey.com/> For urgent issues, please contact Dantz technical support directly at [EMAIL PROTECTED] or 925.253.3050.