Kevin Jones kevin.jones at
Wed Jun 3 01:57:58 PDT 2009

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All HP LTO drives ever shipped report BLANK CHECK.
All HP DDS drives ever shipped report BLANK CHECK.
I don't think reporting MEDIUM ERROR is a good idea.
Kevin Jones
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  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kevin D Butt 
  To: t10 at 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 10:44 PM
  Subject: SSC-3: Locate, MEDIUM ERROR & BLANK CHECK
  Tape guru's, in both the LOCATE(10) and LOCATE(16) commands the following
statement is found: 
  <<If end-of-partition is encountered, CHECK CONDITION status shall be
returned, the sense key shall be set to MEDIUM ERROR, and the sense data EOM
bit shall be set to one.>> 
  It seems to me to be very poor to return MEDIUM ERROR instead of BLANK
CHECK.	A user should not be told the medium is bad.  This could cause them
to call service when in fact, the error was not medium related.  SCSI-2 did
not have this statement.  It was introduced in SSC and therefore has been
there for a while.  Do other tape devices actually return a MEDIUM ERROR
instead of BLANK CHECK? 
  Kevin D. Butt
  SCSI & Fibre Channel Architect, Tape Firmware
  MS 6TYA, 9000 S. Rita Rd., Tucson, AZ 85744
  Tel: 520-799-5280
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