Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  

Cleaning Tape Message Question

Recommended Posts

I use Retrospect professional Single server edition.

I have an Exabyte VXA tape unit.

I have designated slot 10 as the cleaning tape. There is always

a tape in it. I have configured Retrospect to clean the drive

every 25 hours. I have configured to allow a cleaning tape to be used 25 times. There are at least 15 cleanings remaining. I have configured Retro to send me e-mail status messages.

Normally I get messages similar to the one below.


Date: 01/31/2007

A cleaning operation was requested for "Exabyte VXA DC, ID 3:3:0". It was used 25 hours since the previous cleaning request.


Date: 01/31/2007

(Exabyte VXA DC, ID 3:3:0) : The tape in the drive is a cleaning cartridge.


Date: 01/31/2007

Drive "Exabyte VXA DC, ID 3:3:0" was cleaned.


Script: Weekly Progressive Backup

Date: 01/31/2007

Script "Weekly Progressive Backup" completed with 4 errors


(The log shows these errors to be compare or sharing errors on windows sys files.They do not trouble me, the backup was successful.)




Last night I got the following.


Date: 02/02/2007

(Exabyte VXA DC, ID 3:3:0) : The tape drive is due for routine cleaning:

1. Wait for the current operation to finish.

2. Then use a cleaning cartridge.

Check the tape drive users manual for device specific cleaning instructions.


Script: Weekly Progressive Backup

Date: 02/02/2007

Script "Weekly Progressive Backup" completed with 7 errors


Does anyone know why/what this means? Why the difference?

What is it telling me? Why did I get the tape drive due for cleaning message all of the sudden?

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this