Drive Operations - Advanced

Table of Contents

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.

View the Drive Throughput

To calculate the drive throughput for a specified time:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive for which you  wish to calculate the throughput, and then click Show Throughput.
  2. From the Show Drive Throughput dialog box, enter the number of hours for which you wish to view the information.
  3. Click Show.

    The read and write throughput is displayed in the appropriate boxes.

  4. Click Close to exit the dialog box.

To view the drive throughput for the past hour:

  1. In the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive for which you  wish to view the throughput, and then click Properties.
  2. Click the Hardware Info tab.
  3. The drive throughput for the past one hour is displayed.

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.

Mark a Drive as Fixed

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the appropriate drive, and then click Mark Drive Fixed.
  2. Click Yes in the Confirm prompt that appears. This will switch the status of the drive as Online and reset counters for Software and Hardware Errors (Since Cleanup) for the drive.

    You can view the drive counters from the Odometers tab of Drive Properties.

Mark a Drive as Replaced

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive that you have replaced, and then click Mark Drive Replaced.
  2. Click Yes in the Confirm prompt that appears. 

    This will reset the counters for the drive.

Reset a Drive

  1. Be certain that the drive that you want to reset is not in use. Use the Job Controller to find and stop/kill any jobs that use the drive.
  2. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive that you want to reset, and then click Reset Drive.
  3. A Confirm Reset prompt appears, informing you that this procedure will unmount any media that are mounted, an operation which may take some time. If you are sure that you want to reset the drive, click Yes.

    If the drive is active, an error message will be displayed.

Unload a Drive

  1. Make sure that no jobs are running to the drive that you want to unload, and that the drive contains media.
  2. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive that you want to unload, and then click Unload Drive.
  3. If you are sure that you want to unload the drive, click Yes in the Confirm prompt that appears.

    If the drive is active, an error message will be displayed.

Validate Drives

  1. From the CommCell Browser, right-click the drive that you wish to validate, and then click Validate Drive.
  2. From the Validate Drive dialog box, select the necessary options.
  3. Click OK.

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

Change the Drive Name

  1. Display the Library and Drive Configuration window.
  2. Right-click the appropriate drive, and then click Properties.
  3. In the Alias box, type the new name for the drive.
  4. Click OK.