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I set up my Linux server intending to use it as a back-up server. It has a DDS3 tape drive on it and the dds3 tapes have a native (uncompressed) ...
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    Tar - tape capacity much less than expected


    I set up my Linux server intending to use it as a back-up server. It has a DDS3 tape drive
    on it and the dds3 tapes have a native (uncompressed) capacity of 12GB. I have only just
    got writing to tape to work. I have tried using the back-up utility built into Mandriva, but in all honesty it does not meet my needs. I have learned how to use tar instead.

    I packaged up the files i want to archive into directories of just under 12GB each and set the
    first one to save. It reported
    tar: /mnt/st0: Cannot write: No space left on device
    tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now
    after writing about 2.75GB. It was a new tape and it was at the beginning. I do not understand
    why it reports that the tape is full with less than a quarter of the stated capacity. The tape was at the end when I got it out and looked at it, though.

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    Red face

    Oops - ignore this - I got my /dev and my /mnt mixed up.

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