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Error 203 and 206 et al

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Since moving to Retrospect 5 back in March, I have had ongoing problems with hardware errors (usually 203 and 206) backing up to Ecrix VXA-1. Sometimes the tape is not readable after this occurs. I have not been strict about using the cleaning tape every 70 hours, but always use it if the light on the unit flashes, or if this sort of error occurs.

 

 

 

Are these problems self-inflicted due to not using the cleaning tape often enough? Or are there other explanations and/or things to try to improve the situation?

 

 

 

(I didn't have these problem prior to Retrospect 5, but then my tape units were newer then too...)

 

 

 

Retrospect Server 5.0.205

 

Dual G4 450 MHz 512 MB RAM running Mac OS 10.1.5

 

 

 

I have seen errors with two different Ecrix VXA drives, with new tapes, and when reusing old tapes.

 

 

 

I have seen errors when connecting the VXA SCSI tape unit to Adaptec 2906, to Adaptec 2930U, and when using MicroTech SCSI-firewire adaptor, and an Orange Micro SCSI-firewire adaptor. (I have just switched to an Orange Grappler 930U, which someone on the forum suggested had improved reliability for them.)

 

 

 

These are some of the errors:

 

 

 

- 12/6/2002 12:07:37 PM: Copying FireWire Hardy…

 

Trouble writing: “1-Play” (4276753408), error 203 (hardware failure).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:4],

 

Sense > f0 00 04 00 00 00 04 18 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2959)

 

 

 

- 18/6/2002 3:25:35 PM: Copying PowerLab/s v3.6 on Nine…

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:4],

 

Sense > f0 00 03 00 00 00 01 18 00 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2959)

 

 

 

- 19/6/2002 4:34:03 PM: Copying untitled on GraemeTemp Mac…

 

19/6/2002 4:34:03 PM: Connected to GraemeTemp Mac

 

Device trouble: “1-Play”, error 206 (drive reported a failure: dirty heads, bad media, etc.).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:4],

 

Sense >

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2959)

 

Trouble writing: “1-Play” (4278129152), error 203 (hardware failure).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:4],

 

Sense > f0 00 04 00 00 00 03 18 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2959)

 

 

 

- 27/6/2002 8:32:45 PM: Copying MacServer on MacServer…

 

Trouble writing: “4-Eta” (3971735296), error 203 (hardware failure).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:4],

 

Sense > f0 00 04 00 00 00 03 18 00 00 00 00 44 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2B7B)

 

 

 

+ Executing Recatalog at 28/6/2002 11:16 AM

 

To backup set Eta…

 

Bad backup set header found (0xcdd7dae1 at 161,615,949).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:1],

 

Sense > f0 00 03 00 00 00 01 0b 00 00 00 00 11 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2B7B)

 

 

 

- 6/7/2002 8:59:31 PM: Copying Big Mac HD on Scott MacX…

 

Trouble writing: “3-Theta” (4094400000), error 203 (hardware failure).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:1],

 

Sense > f0 00 04 00 00 00 05 0b 00 00 00 00 44 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2B7B)

 

 

 

- 8/8/2002 12:37:12 AM: Copying Nine…

 

Trouble writing: “3-Five” (4071665920), error 206 (drive reported a failure: dirty heads, bad media, etc.).

 

Additional error information for device "Ecrix VXA DC" [0:1],

 

Sense > f0 00 03 00 00 00 04 0b 00 00 00 00 0c 00 00 00 00 00

 

(ECRIX |VXA-1 |2B7B)

 

 

 

Most of these errors happened on one VXA drive, which is currently being replaced. I have my fingers crossed that the replacement will prove more reliable when it arrives, but have had the error happen on a second drive too, so am worried my problems are not over!

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I didn't have these problem prior to Retrospect 5...


 

But John, prior to Retrospect 5 you were running Mac OS 9!

 

 

 

We must remember that SCSI support in OS X is Not Good. Even with Good Cards.

 

 

 

Jaguar will bring in the ability of better SCSI, but only with cards/drivers that take advantage of the changes.

 

 

 

Dave

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