Right-Click Options for Tape Catalog

The following right-click options can be used by the system administrator for tape cartridges.

right cllick options for tape catalog

Tape Properties – The tape properties window shows detailed information about the cartridge.

tape catalog properties

tape properties

Search Tape – This option redirects to the search results window and displays a list of all files and folders on the tape. The operator can use the advanced search window then further define the search parameters.

search tape

Clear Tape Information From Catalog – This option allows the user to delete all record of the tape from the Platform Integrated Catalog. It would be used when an operator wishes to throw away a tape or deliver a tape to a user and no longer have access to the information on the tape.

Search Tape

When a user clicks on the Search Tape option, the system will automatically create search parameters in the advanced search so that the system searches for the tape label name of the tape in question. Then the system will execute the search and redirect to the Search Results Screen.

search tape with proxy

In the example above, the search result screen shows files on a specific tape. Looking at the right most columns, the Media type listed is ‘Tape’ and the status is offline. Because proxies were generated for the video assets before files were copied to tape, the operator can still review the proxies on the tape.

Clear Tape Information From Catalog

clear tape info

An operator would choose this option to delete all information about a specific tape from the database. When selected, the system will ask a verifying question:

If the operator proceeds by clicking on ‘Yes’, the system will simply remove all the information about this tape. This is a final operation and cannot be reversed, however if the tape is inserted into a drive the operator can perform a Sync Catalog / Import Tape option to bring the information back into the database.

Tape Library Slots Information Grid

The Tape Library Slot grid displays a list of tape library slots for each tape library connected to the Platform Network and is used to allow operators to manipulate tapes in a tape library.

tape library slots

Tape Library Slots Information Grid

tape library slots

Show Used Slots Only

When checked, this option restricts the entries in the Library Slot grid to slots that have tape cartridges loaded.

Right-Click options for Tape Library Slots

When an operator selects a tape drive slot, they have the following right-click options available:

Format – When requesting the format operation, the system will bring up the Format Window (see below) and ask the operator to fill in the request parameters. Once completed, the system will move the tape cartridge from the specified slot to any Library Automation Tape Drive and submit the format job to the task service. If no Tape Drives are available, the task will fail.

Inventory – This command causes the tape library to begin a review of every tape slot in the library for tapes. During the process, the tape library will read the barcode of each tape an attempt to correlate it to tapes found in the Platform Catalog. If the tapes found in the library are not tapes that have been used before, the status of the tape will be ‘Error’ and the error description will be ‘Must Sync Catalog’

Move – The move window allows an operator to move a tape in the slot selected to another slot in the tape drive or a particular Automation Tape Drive.

Format

The tape format window is available by right-clicking on a tape drive with a tape inserted, or from the Tape Library Slot command. The operator will select the type format (LTFS, Tar) and the system will bring up the format window:

format tape

The user may choose or change the tape drive and the system will display:

Status: The status of the Tape Drive
Type: LTO Tape Generation
Current Format: If the tape in the tape drive is already formatted, it will show Tar or LTFS
Max Capacity: The maximum capacity of the current tape cartridge (based on the type).

Tape Format – The operator will choose from Tar or LTFS.

Tape Label – The operator will name the tape cartridge. This is user definable and typically will be written on the cartridge to easily locate it later.

Tape Location – This an optional field and allows the user to specify a physical location where the tape is to be stored.

Tape Barcode – This is a read only field which is automatically entered from a tape library.

Format Verification

If the operator is sure that they want to format the tape, the system requires the operator to type in the word ‘ERASE’ (without quotes). This ensures that the operator is sure they want to erase all the data on the tape. Once a format has begun, it cannot be stopped.

When the operator enters the ERASE and presses the ‘Okay’ button, the system will submit the format command to the task service and the format will begin.

Inventory

The inventory command causes the tape library to move the robotic arm to each tape slot and perform an inventory on each tape in the system. This will update the interface with the current tape cartridges, barcodes and slots for each tape in the library. This command should not be needed in normal operations and will only be run when the administrator feels that all cartridges are not showing in the tape library slots grid.

Move

move tape

By selecting a Tape Library Slot row and right-clicking on the move option, the system will allow the operator to move the current tape cartridge from:

  • The slot to a library automation drive
  • The slot to another tape slot.

This command is only available for tape slots that have a tape cartridge inserted.

After clicking on the move command, the system will bring up a window allowing the operator to choose the destination location for the tape cartridge. By clicking on a row and then clicking the ‘Move’ button, the system will schedule a task to move the tape form source slot to the destination slot or to a library drive.

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Eject

In the cast of a standalone tape drive, when a Tape Eject command is requested, the system will first rewind the tape, then disengage the tape cartridge and remove it from the drive. If an Eject is requested for an automation drive in a tape library, the system will move the tape from the tape drive back to the slot that it originally came from.