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Where does my tape drive show up on my operating system?

If your host bus adapter is configured to display devices, you will see the tape device inquiry and firmware as the host adapter loads, it usually displays all the devices it finds with their inquiry string. Depending on the type of operating system you have. For more information check the table below for your operating system.

*These instructions may change with different versions of operating systems and software.


For this operating system...
Windows Device Manager Tape drives will show under Tape Drives, libraries or autoloaders are located in the Medium Changer section.
Sun (Solaris, OS) probe-scsi-all You must halt the system first. This only works for Sun machines with the "ok" prompt. The machines with the ">" prompt don't work with probe-scsi-all.
Sun Solaris dmesg Usually this file contains the inquiry string
SCO There is no command line utility.  
HP-UX ioscan
ioscan -fun
Linux There is no command line utility. It is shown at boot time and logged in /var/adm/messages (or /var/adm/syslog).  
One drive:
mt status
Multiple drives:
mt -f /dev/rmt/tpsXdX

Where the first X=the controller id and the second X=the target ID

Novell - ArcServe From the ArcServe Device Manager Screen  
Novell - Backup Exec Go to Job Manager screen; press CTRL-V to view options; click on View Session Hardware and look at the hardware details. Only shows fe code
RS-6000/AIX   Only the IBM versions of the 8505 and Mammoth firmware are displayed in the error log and vpd. If you have the IBM version, you can start SMIT tape and delete the drive and then add the drive back into the configuration. The current drive serial number and firmware level will be displayed.


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