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Clean a stand-alone drive

Updated: January 21, 2005

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

To clean a stand-alone drive

  1. Open Removable Storage.

  2. In the console tree, click Drives.


    • Removable Storage/Libraries/applicable library/Drives

  3. In the details pane, right-click the drive, and then click Mark as Clean.


  • 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.

  • To clean a stand-alone drive, you manually insert a cleaning cartridge into the stand-alone drive. This procedure is performed only to notify Removable Storage that a stand-alone drive has been manually cleaned so that a record can be kept in the Removable Storage database.

  • This procedure applies only to cleaning the drive in a stand-alone drive library. For information on how to clean drives in an automated library, see Related Topics.

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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