When Symantec Backup Exec hangs at the start of a catalog job you should try unchecking the “Use storage media-based catalogs” check box under Tools | Options | Catalog. When this option is not selected during a catalog operation, all files on the tape must be read file-by-file to create a new catalog.
For further information on this option, please visit the Symantec support site at the link provided below:
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Normally a media compatibility guide is posted for each AIT model drive in the documentation section of our website. Please refer to the media compatibility guide for the Sony model tapes that are compatible with your drive.
Use an AIT Cleaning Cartridge. Occasional use of a cleaning cartridge will remove environment dust that collects on the head area of the tape drum. AIT AME tape does not create contamination from tape, unlike the way MP tape media does. However, heads can be contaminated by environmental dust. Thus it is recommended occasional head cleaning for all AIT tape drives (about every 100 hours of use). As a last resort try retensioning the tape. Use this procedure whenever encountering any type of problem with your tapes when cleaning the drive will not fix.
Occasional use of an AIT Cleaning Cartridge will remove environment dust that collects on the head area of the tape drum. AIT AME tape does not create contamination from tape, unlike the way MP tape media does. However, heads can be contaminated by environmental dust. Thus, occasional head cleaning is recommended for all AIT tape drives (about once every 100 hours of use).
Why Am I getting an "Error on a Request to Write Data to Media" error message when I use Ntbackup.exe on Windows 2003 Server?
Please see Microsoft Knowledge Base Article - 817688 for explaination and apply recommended HotFix.
What are firewire cards and what firewire cards (IEEE 1394) are compatible with my AIT USB/iLink units?
The emergence of digital video and multimedia applications has brought with it the need to move large amounts of data-quickly-between peripherals and PCs. The IEEE 1394 serial bus is the industry-standard implementation of Apple Computer, Inc.'s 1394 digital I/O system. It's a versatile, high-speed, low-cost method of interconnecting a variety of personal computer peripherals and consumer electronics devices. There are many firewire cards on the market. The following is a short list of cards that Sony has tested to work with the AIT iLink units.
IOGEAR USB 2.0/Firewire Combo
Orange Micro Orangelink+Firewire
Adaptec USB 2 3100LP
ASD USB Turbo 2.0
Adaptec 5-port USB 2.0 Hub
IOGEAR 5-port USB 2.0 Hub
Can regular AIT media be formatted by the Sony WORM tape drive? Once the regular AIT media is formatted, can it be used in a regular Sony AIT drive?
Yes. The Sony WORM tape drive can format regular AIT media and can be used in a regular AIT tape drive.