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Set the default inventory method

Updated: January 21, 2005

Applies To: Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows Server 2003 with SP1, Windows Server 2003 with SP2

To set the default inventory method

  1. Open Removable Storage.

  2. In the console tree, double-click Libraries.

  3. Right-click the library you want to set an inventory method for, and then click Properties.

  4. On the General tab, in Inventory Method, click the method you want to use: None, Fast, or Full.


  • To complete this procedure, you need the appropriate administrative credentials for the affected Removable Storage item. To maintain system security, rather than logging in as an administrator, log in as a user without administrative credentials, and run Removable Storage as an administrator by right-clicking the Computer Management icon, clicking Run As, and choosing an account in the local Administrators group.

  • To open Removable Storage, click Start and then click Control Panel. Double-click Administrative Tools, and then double-click Computer Management. In the console tree, double-click Storage and then click Removable Storage.

  • A fast inventory only checks for storage slots that have changed status between being occupied and unoccupied. A full inventory with bar-coded media will read bar-code information. Otherwise, the tape or disk is mounted and the on-media identifier is read.

  • The selected inventory method is automatically performed each time a library door has been accessed.

  • A full inventory is always performed when a mount operation fails, regardless of inventory method selected. To disable this feature, clear the Perform full inventory on mount failure check box.

  • This procedure applies only to automated libraries.

Information about functional differences

  • Your server might function differently based on the version and edition of the operating system that is installed, your account permissions, and your menu settings. For more information, see Viewing Help on the Web.

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