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How to Clean a Tape Drive

Updated: April 21, 2010

Applies To: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

To clean a drive in a tape library, you must specify which tape to use for cleaning, and then start the cleaning job. If a cleaning tape is online and marked as a cleaning tape, you only need to run the cleaning job.

Follow your hardware manufacturer's recommendations for cleaning frequency. To clean a stand-alone tape drive, load a cleaning tape and follow the hardware manufacturer's instructions.

To clean a tape drive

  1. In DPM Administrator Console, click Management on the navigation bar, and then click the Libraries tab.

  2. In the display pane, select the drive to be cleaned, and then in the Actions pane, click Clean drive.

To clean a tape drive using DPM Management Shell

  • Use the following syntax to retrieve a tape drive:

    Get-TapeDrive [-DPMLibrary] <Library[]> [-Verbose] [-Debug][-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ][-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

  • Use the following syntax to clean a drive:

    Start-TapeDriveCleaning [-TapeDrive] <Drive[]> [-JobStateChangedEventHandler <JobStateChangedEventHandler> ] [-Verbose] [-Debug][-ErrorAction <ActionPreference> ] [-ErrorVariable <String> ][-OutVariable <String> ] [-OutBuffer <Int32> ]

    For more information, type "Get-Help Start-TapeDriveCleaning -detailed" in DPM Management Shell.

    For technical information, type "Get-Help Start-TapeDriveCleaning -full" in DPM Management Shell.

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