Retensioning a tape

Use Retension media to run the tape in the tape drive from beginning to end at a fast speed so that the tape winds evenly and runs more smoothly past the tape drive heads. Refer to the documentation that came with your tape drive to see how often this utility should be performed.

Retensioning is primarily for Mini Cartridge and quarter-inch cartridges and is not supported on most other types of tape drives.

To retension a tape

  1. On the navigation bar, click Devices.

  2. Expand the server icon, click Stand-alone Drives, or if the drive is attached to a robotic library, click Robotic Libraries.

  3. Select the drive or slot containing the media you want to retension.

  4. Under Media Tasks in the task pane, select Retension media.

  5. Select the appropriate options as follows:

    Job name

    Type a name for the job or accept the default name.

    Job priority

    Select the priority for the job.

    Available options are as follows:

    • Lowest

    • Low

    • Medium

    • High

    • Highest

  6. 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 want.

    See Assigning notification recipients for completed jobs.

  7. Click Run now.

    The job will be submitted as a Run now job, unless you submitted the job on hold. You can monitor the Retension operation from the Job Monitor.

    You cannot cancel a Retension operation after it has started; however, you can use Cancel to stop a queued retension operation.