HPE Storage Solutions Forum - Tape Libraries and Drives
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HP StorageWorks MSL6000Open in a New Window

Hi All,

I have an issue which backup server unable to detect tape library. May I know fiber cable able to connect directly from backup server to tape library or required SAN switch to get connected?


External LTO-5 Drive Solution with Windows 7 WorkstationOpen in a New Window


I am restricted to Windows 7 and LTO-5.  HP offers the Utrium StorageWorks LTO Ultrium 5 tape drive, p/n CM9123 found here: 


Can you recommend an HBA and associated drivers that will work with this drive please.  

Thank you in advance. 


SAS cable suitable for HP LTO7 driveOpen in a New Window


1)I am going to buy HP LTO7 drive.

Before buying I have some questions.

In LTO6, the connector type on the rear side  of the drive is EFF8482 (internal) and EFF8088 (external).

In the LTO7, I would like to know if there is a change in the connector type on the rear side of the drive.

2)Is it possible to connect FC type standalone LTO6 drive to PC main board

Thank you for your helping





Tape Drive Warranty!Open in a New Window

I have recently bought a Tape Library along with Internal LTO6 Tape Drive recently i.e., a month back. Now when I check the WARRANTY for the same, the tape library shows ACTIVE but the internal tape drive shows it expired in August 2016!!! I have checked with the supplier but he does not have any clue!!!

Can you advise to whom I need to contact in regards to the Tape Drive? Can you also advise what could be the reason? Is it a gray market product?


LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 SAS External Tape drive with RAIDED RHEL ServerOpen in a New Window

Hello Expert,

Please can one use LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 SAS External Tape drive with a RHEL server that has RAID configured on it.


Ultrium 960 firmware - cannot retrieve Firmware via LTTOpen in a New Window

Hi all,

I recently bought an Ultrium 960 for home use which has firmware G2AD - according to LTT, G66D is the latest and I'd like to upgrade it however the software errors out when trying to download the firmware.  If I navigate to the path shown in the error via FTP, it is not there.  

Is there another way to get the firmware as it has seemingly moved off the HPE FTP server?  

I do not have a support contract but surely for a product that is way past its production system lifetime it should be free to download firmware?  Locking away expensive software behind a paywall is understandable but not something as simple as device firmware or a diagnostic tool for products that are now well within the grasp of the IT Pro with a hobby.  

Fortunately a friend had a copy of LTT but cannot assist with the firmware acquisition.  



MSL 4048 LTO6 4 Drive, configure logical libraryOpen in a New Window

Thanks all for your help.

I've a Tape Library MSL 4048: 4 (LTO 6) Drives, FC connection to SAN switch.

Right now only 1 host (Server A) using it via FC connection, all 4 Drives are zone to Server A.


I want to another Server B can also using this Tape Library to do backup, I san the installaion guide, it can be configure Logical Library.

I would like to know more the concept of logical library, how it works? also zone all 4 drives to both 2 host?

how to prevent tape not beging used between these to backup server A and B.

Much appreciated if you have details on the above questions?

Thanks a lot.








LTO3 drive ejecting all tapes with "Tape Error" LEDOpen in a New Window

Hi all,

I'm new to using tapes for backups and so I bought a second hand HP LTO3 drive to have a play and see if I can learn something.

Unfortunately none of the LTO3 tapes I have work with this drive.  Any tape I put in makes a few clicking noises then gets ejected with the Tape Error LED flashing.

I have tried two HP LTO3 tapes, two Sony LTO3 and even an IBM LTO1 tape but they all get ejected (although the LTO1 tape doesn't cause the Tape Error LED to start blinking.)

Apparently there is a "HP Tape Tools" program that is able to provide more information about issues like this, but the only place I can find to download it is the HPE website which says I need a support contract in place which obviously I don't have as I'm just doing this for my own education.

Does anyone have any idea what the problem could be with the drive?

lsscsi says it's "[9:0:3:0] tape HP Ultrium 3-SCSI G53S /dev/st0".  There's about a million model numbers and part numbers on the label so I'm not sure which one is relevant (or even why there are so many) but one of them is the "regulatory model" which is "BRSLA-0401-DC".

If there's anything I can test please let me know.  Thanks!


Barcode SCAN "Chinese" Error DP 07.00Open in a New Window

Hi everyone,

I'm facing a big problem with the Barcode Scan in DP 07.00 that started some weeks ago. 

Everytime when we try to do the Barcode Scan, we get this error:

[Critical] From: MSM@SERVER NAME "LIBRARY NAME" Time: 10/05/2017 18:49:46

I've already tried to do the barcode scan via CMD, this error occurs:

e: 10/05/2017 18:53:04

I couldn't find any way to get ride of this error. Please, can someone help me?



HPE L&TT for an Ultrium 3000 off eBayOpen in a New Window

I've just obtained an HPE LTO-5 Ultrium 3000 tape drive off eBay and was under the assumption that LTFS standard is open.  I've tried to download L&TT for Mac to use it (I've also ordered a RocketStor adapter), yet L&TT download for Mac requires "entitlements".  What do I need to do to download L&TT for my own HPE tape drive?


HPE StoreOpen on Mac - no longer can store files 4GBOpen in a New Window

As recently as March 3, 2017  I was able to write files greater than 4 GB in file size to my HPLTO6 6250 tape drive, wh

ich is very important as I am backing up large video files.  I am using the HPE StoreOpen Standalone GUI to work with my tapes.

Somehow, within the last month, soemthing has changed.  When I try and copy a file bigger that 4 GB it now says these files cannot be copied because they are "too large for the volume's format."  Why would this be?  I don't believe I have changed anything except perhaps the MacOS.  I am not sure how to even begin troubleshooting.  Any help out there would be great.

MacOS Sierra 10.12.4

Fuse for MacOS 3.5.8

HPE StoreOpen Standalone 3.2.0 for Mac

Using the standard, purple, Ultrium 6.25 TB tapes


LTO 6 Tape Drive Connect with Desktop Machine Possibility ?Open in a New Window

Dear Experts,

i have a HP LTO 6 Tape Drive SAS Interface, i want to connect LTO 6 Tape drive to My Desktop Machine over a SAS HBA card with the Support of PCIex16 3.0 Slot.

Is it possible. ?

if yes , what kind of of SAS card should buy?

with best regards,



Where can I find the latest version of HP Library and Tape Tools for W10 x64?Open in a New Window

The web site now only seems to be offering a version for OpenVMS!!!! What's happened to the Windows version please


Thanks, Dave


LTO Tape workingOpen in a New Window

Dear experts,

I want to know about how tape is working. Can we retrieve only last time written data on tape or we can get information of every written data on tape.





HP LTO-2 Tape full or notOpen in a New Window

 Dear experts,

Is there any way to get the informaiton about tape whether it is full or not ?

Or How to know i need to change the tape.





LTO cartridge barcode/volserOpen in a New Window

Some of my LTO cartridges were previously used in a library and have barcode labels.

This barcode is somehow read my my LTO-4 (HP 1840) drive even if the barcode label has been removed from the cartridge.  This is reported by backup applications and by LTT.

1. How can I read this data from the cartridge in my own code?

2. Can I re-write (new value) the barcode data of a cartridge? If so, how can I achieve this?

I've googled for ages but always ended up with sites selling barcode labels. 

Thanks. Dave


LTT saying need to run Drive Assessment testOpen in a New Window

Running LTT (4.24) trying to do short media assessment test, get message saying: Please run LTO Drive Assessment Test.

Problem is I only just ran that test and it passed perfectly!!!



LTT Environment dataOpen in a New Window

For some LTO tapes in a batch I just bought (used), I'm getting a warning message when I run an LTO Media Assessment Full Tape Test that says:

Maximum temperature limit has previously been exceeded

When I click the health button and look at the Cartridge Environment section it says:

Maximum temperature margin in last 3 drives: Great Margin
[] Minimum temperature margin in last 3 drives: Warning, below minimum (-200%)

I'm seeing these two for all cartridges I've tested in this batch even though only some issue the Maximum temperature limit message.


1 How should I interpret what LTT is telling me here?  and

2 Should I be concerned about using these cartridges? (Other than this and a Data on tape (average) warning, all seem to pass tests with "Great Margin".

Thanks, Dave


LTT "Data on tape (average): Warning"Open in a New Window

After running a full media test I get the message:

Data on tape (average): Warning

What is this trying to tell me please?

A "Data Assessment Test" on the same tape says "Great Margin" ....

Thanks, Dave



Linux: is my tape defective or there is another error?Open in a New Window

I want to make an encrypted backup

I have this sas controller

06:00.0 Serial Attached SCSI controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS2008 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2 [Falcon] (rev 03)

and this tape drive

[9:0:4:0]    tape    HP       Ultrium 5-SCSI   Z6ED  /dev/st0   -        


Using this cli

tar cvf - --format posix -X /home/user/altro/file.esclude /home/user | openssl aes-256-cbc -salt  -k "pass" | dd bs=40M of=/dev/st0

Give me this error after 15-30 minutes

[mar apr 11 21:05:54 2017] st 9:0:3:0: [st0] Block limits 1 - 16777215 bytes.
[mar apr 11 21:25:37 2017] st 9:0:3:0: device_block, handle(0x0009)
[mar apr 11 21:25:37 2017] st 9:0:3:0: [st0] Error e0000 (driver bt 0x0, host bt 0xe).
[mar apr 11 21:25:39 2017] st 9:0:3:0: device_unblock and setting to running, handle(0x0009)
[mar apr 11 21:25:39 2017] st 9:0:3:0: [st0] Error 10000 (driver bt 0x0, host bt 0x1).
[mar apr 11 21:25:39 2017] st 9:0:3:0: [st0] Error on write filemark.
[mar apr 11 21:25:39 2017] st 9:0:3:0: [st0] Error 10000 (driver bt 0x0, host bt 0x1).
[mar apr 11 21:25:39 2017] mpt2sas_cm0: removing handle(0x0009), sas_addr(0x5001438000aa4a64)
[mar apr 11 21:25:39 2017] mpt2sas_cm0: removing : enclosure logical id(0x500605b0080ad4d0), slot(3)
[mar apr 11 21:25:43 2017] scsi 9:0:4:0: Sequential-Access HP       Ultrium 5-SCSI   Z6ED PQ: 0 ANSI: 6
[mar apr 11 21:25:43 2017] scsi 9:0:4:0: SSP: handle(0x0009), sas_addr(0x5001438000aa4a64), phy(3), device_name(0x5001438000aa4a66)

Is my tape reader broken..or is only a bad command error?



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