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System Administration Guide: Devices and File Systems
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Handling Magnetic Tape Cartridges

If errors occur when a tape is being read, you can retension the tape, clean the tape drive, and then try again.

Retensioning a Magnetic Tape Cartridge

Retension a magnetic tape cartridge with the mt command.

For example:

$ mt -f /dev/rmt/1 retension

Note - Do not retension non-QIC tape drives.

Rewinding a Magnetic Tape Cartridge

To rewind a magnetic tape cartridge, use the mt command.

For example:

$ mt -f /dev/rmt/1 rewind
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