Drive Cleaning - Advanced

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Enable or Disable Automatic Drive Cleaning

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library for which you wish to enable the automatic drive clean options, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drive tab.
  3. Select the necessary options in the Enable Auto-Cleaning area.
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Clean a Drive

  • Do not clean the drive when a job is in progress.
  • Ensure that you have imported or moved cleaning media into the Cleaning Media Pool. For more information on importing cleaning media, see Import Cleaning Media.
  • If a job is in progress in the drive you wish to clean, the drive cleaning operation would fail. Ensure that the drive is free, before you start the operation.
  • For the MediaAgent to perform the Clean Drive function, the library's auto-cleaning feature must be disabled from the library's front panel menu.

    Refer to the library manufacturer's documentation for information on disabling the library’s auto-clean option from the library’s front panel.

To clean multiple drives in the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library in which you wish to clean the drives, and then click Clean Drive.
  2. From the Clean Drive window, click the drives that you wish to clean. (Use CTRL + click to select multiple drives.)
  3. Click OK.

    You can track the progress of the operation in the Event Viewer.

To clean a specific drive in the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive you wish to clean, and then click Clean Drive.
  2. From the Clean Drive window, click OK.

    You can track the progress of the operation in the Event Viewer.

After the successful completion of the cleaning operation, the counters linked to drive cleaning are reset. You can view these counters from the Drive Properties (Odometers) tab.

Schedule Drive Cleaning

  • Ensure that you have a cleaning media available in the Cleaning Media Pool.
  • If a job is in progress in the drive you wish to clean, the drive cleaning operation would fail. Hence, ensure that the drive cleaning operation is scheduled when no other jobs are scheduled or initiated.
  • For the MediaAgent to perform the Clean Drive function, the library's auto-cleaning feature must be disabled from the library's front panel menu.

    Refer to the library manufacturer's documentation for information on disabling the library’s auto-clean option from the library’s front panel.

To create schedules for multiple drives in the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the library to which the drives are attached, and then click Clean Drive.
  2. From the Clean Drives dialog box, click the drives for which you wish to create the schedules. (Use CTRL + click to select multiple drives.)
  3. Click Schedule.
  4. From the Schedule Details (Schedule Details) dialog box, create the necessary schedule for this operation.
  5. Click OK to save the schedule.

    The drive cleaning operation will be executed according to the specified schedule.

To create schedules for a specific drive in the library:

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive for which you wish to create schedules, and then click Clean Drive.
  2. From the Clean Drive dialog box, click the Schedule option and then click OK.
  3. From the Schedule Details (Schedule Details) dialog box, create the necessary schedule for this operation.
  4. Click OK to save the schedule.

    The drive cleaning operation will be executed according to the specified schedule.

After the successful completion of the cleaning operation, the MediaAgent resets the counters that are linked to drive cleaning. You can view these counters from the Drive Properties (Odometers) tab.

Mark a Drive as Cleaned

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive that you have cleaned, and then click Mark Drive Cleaned.
  2. If you are sure that you want to reset the cleaning counters for the drive, click Yes in the Confirm prompt that appears.

    The system resets the counters that are linked to the cleaning operation. You can view these counters from the Drive Properties (Odometers) tab.

Modify Drive Cleaning Threshold Parameters

  1. From the Tools menu in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Hardware Maintenance.
  3. Click the Drive Cleaning tab.
  4. Click the appropriate drive type, and then click Edit.
  5. In the Drive Cleaning Threshold Parameters dialog box, modify the necessary threshold values, and then click OK.
  6. Click OK in the Hardware Maintenance Thresholds dialog box to save the changes.

Enable or Disable the Checking for Cleaning Media Loaded in the Drive

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate library, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Drive tab.
  3. From the Attributes region, choose Check for cleaning media loaded in Drive to enable this option. (Clear this check box to disable this option.)
  4. Click OK to save the changes.

Add or Modify Barcode Patters for Media in a CommCell

  1. From the Tools menu in the CommCell Console, click Control Panel.
  2. Double-click Media Management Configuration.
  3. Click the BarCode Patterns tab.
  4. Do either of the following:
    • Click Add.
    • Click the pattern and then click Edit to modify an existing pattern.
  5. From the BarCode Pattern dialog box establish a barcode pattern using the various options provided.
  6. Click OK. The pattern is displayed in the Add / Edit / Remove Pattern box.
  7. Click OK to save the changes.

Associate or Disassociate Barcode Patterns to a Media Group

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate media group (Default or <user-defined> scratch pools, Cleaning Media, or Foreign Media group) and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Barcode Patterns tab.
  3. To associate a barcode, click the barcode you wish to associate from the Available Patterns list and then click Add.

    If the Available Patterns list does not contain the specific barcode pattern used in the library, add the pattern as described in Add Barcode Patterns for Media in a CommCell.

  4. To disassociate a barcode, click the barcode you wish to disassociate from the Selected Patterns list and then click Remove.
  5. Click OK to save the changes.

The selected barcodes will be used to identify media and automatically move them to the appropriate Media pool, if the Enable Auto-Discover Media into default scratch pool option is enabled in the Library Properties (Media) tab.