Better option would be to expire all images on  all tapes using "bpexpdate -m 
mediaid -d 0". This would move the tapes to Scratch pool and you can start 
writing fresh backups on them.


Saranjit Singh Brar

Date: Wed, 15 Dec 2010 09:30:59 -0600
Subject: Re: [Veritas-bu] Tape Data Removal

James - 
Why would you want to remove all the data from your tapes?  Are you migrating 
to a new media format?  If you’re just wanting to know what tapes to send off 
site, simply use Vault.  Vault handles the identification and ejection of all 
tapes that need to be sent off site as well as providing you with the reports 
for off-siting your media.


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On Dec 15, 2010, at 8:59 AM, McDonald, James F. II wrote:Is there a process to 
remove all data from the tapes in the tape drive?  I need institute an off-site 
storage process and I have no idea which tapes have a complete backup image on 
them, so I would like to remove all the data and start writing “fresh” tapes.  
We have a disk-to-tape setup, so all the images are primarily stored on the 
server and then are supposed to be written to tape for off-site storage. I 
guess another option would be to view the images that have been written to each 
tape.  Is there a way to do that? Thanks,James McDonaldSystem AdministratorSAIC 
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