Managing tapes and disks

After you create and configure your media pools, you can move media to a specific media pool. It is important that you have a sufficient amount of media in a free media pool so that applications can use media in this pool when needed. For information about how to move media to a free media pool, see To move media to another media pool 

Next, you can use a data management application such as Backup to allocate media to the application media pool created for (or by) that application. Allocating media to an application media pool reserves all media in that media pool for exclusive use by that application. See the documentation for your particular data management application for information about how to reserve media for that application.

Removable Storage provides comprehensive control of tapes or disks in your library You can enable or disable specific media in your library, insert and eject media, and mount and dismount media.

A tape or disk can be inserted in or ejected from an automated library using either a library door or an inject/eject port. A library door allows unrestricted access to the media inside. You can add or remove media directly from a storage slot using a door access. An inject/eject port allows controlled access to the media inside. You insert a tape or disk in the port and then the library uses the drive bay to move the media to a storage slot.

A tape or disk can be mounted in or dismounted from a particular drive in a library. You can use the same media many times before dismounting them. You can also mount and dismount the same media many times before deallocating them.

For information about how to perform a specific task, click:

To enable or disable a tape or disk 

To insert a tape or disk into an automated library 

To eject a tape or disk from a stand-alone drive 

To eject a tape or disk from an automated library 

To mount a tape or disk 

To dismount a tape or disk from an automated library 

Note

Removable Storage requires compact discs to be formatted with the CDFS file system, and rewritable optical media (such as MO discs) to be formatted with either the FAT, FAT32, or NTFS file system.

Windows XP does not directly support the use of media that can be written to only once, such as WORM, CD-R, and DVD-R discs. If you plan to use these, you must acquire other software that supports these technologies.



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