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RE: when to clean LTO Ultrium tape drive



fixed

We are configured for Auto Clean using LTO 5.
Each drive gets cleaned about once a month, average usage 4 to 5 hours / day.
So about every 150 hours as an estimate.

Paul

-----Original Message-----
From: MIDRANGE-L [mailto:midrange-l-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Nathan Andelin
Sent: Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:22 AM
To: Midrange Systems Technical Discussion
Subject: Re: when to clean LTO Ultrium tape drive

The interval between cleanings depends on the dust in your environment and factors such as a drywall crew working in the room - in which case you may need an air compressor instead of a cleaning cartridge.

-Nathan


On Tue, Jun 3, 2014 at 8:12 AM, Jim Franz <franz9000@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Our OPS uses a TS3100 tape library and Ultrium 3 cartridges. Not using
BRMS (yet).
Last night save was 30 minutes into save when issued CPF5349 Media
error message, followed by CPP630C *ATTENTION* Media error...
and then CPF6792 tape drive needs to be cleaned. ..followed by CPF4290
Labels not found

Unfortunately someone had read the InfoCenter statement

"The only time you must clean your Ultrium tape drive is when the tape
drive alerts you to clean it."


http://pic.dhe.ibm.com/infocenter/iseries/v7r1m0/index.jsp?topic=%2Frz
am4%2Frzam4cleantape.htm

So - nightly unattended save is crashed. Verified previous night save
had no "clean tape warnings".

How often should a LTO drive be cleaned? (each night is approx 4 hrs
of tape activity).
I seem to recall in past it was based on #hours in use (like 10)?

Jim
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