You can erase media by
using either Quick erase or Long erase. Not all devices support a
long erase; those that do not can only perform a quick
Quick erase writes an
indicator at the beginning of the media that makes the data
contained on the media inaccessible. For most uses, a Quick erase
Long erase instructs the
drive to physically erase the entire media. If you have sensitive
information on the media and you want to dispose of it, use Long
erase. Running Long erase on media can take several minutes to
several hours to complete (depending on the drive and the media
Quick and Long erase do
not change the media label. To change a media label, use Label
Media or Rename prior to the Erase operation.
To erase media
On the navigation bar,
Expand the server icon,
click Stand-alone Drives,
or if the device resides in a robotic library, click
Select the drive or slot
containing the media you want to erase.
Under Media Tasks in the
task pane, select either Erase media,
quick or Erase media,
If the drive does not
support a long erase, Erase media, long will not be available.
The following warning is
"This operation will be
performed on the current media in the drive or slot. If the media
has been changed since the last inventory operation was performed,
the media label in the next dialog may not match the media in the
drive or slot selected."
Click OK to continue.
The media displayed was
read during the last inventory operation; the display does not
change until another inventory operation occurs. Therefore, if you
change media in the slot or drive but did not run Inventory, the
media label displayed may not match the actual media in the slot or
When prompted, click
Yes to erase the media.
Select the appropriate
options as follows:
Type a name for the job or accept the default name.
Select the priority for the job.
Available options are as follows:
If you want a person or
group to be notified when the job completes, on the Properties
pane, under Settings, click Notification and select the options you