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Unlabeled Tape Entry

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116222D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 55K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cox, DJ: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

A method for inserting a unlabeled tape cartridge into an automated tape library during auto mode is to assign a volser to the unlabeled tape cartridge and insert it into the tape library via the library input/output station in the same manner as a normal insertion of a labeled tape cartridge. The library may then use the cartridge by referring to it by the assigned identification.

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Unlabeled Tape Entry

      A method for inserting a unlabeled tape cartridge into an
automated tape library during auto mode is to assign a volser to the
unlabeled tape cartridge and insert it into the tape library via the
library input/output station in the same manner as a normal insertion
of a labeled tape cartridge.  The library may then use the cartridge
by referring to it by the assigned identification.

      The library operator invokes an Insert Unlabeled Tape command
from the library console.  A panel (Figure) is displayed which allows
the operator to assign a specific volser and cartridge type to each
unlabeled tape cartridge to be inserted.  When volsers have been
entered into the panel for each cartridge to be inserted, the
operator loads the cartridge into the library's input/output station
in cell position corresponding with those of the displayed panel.
The operator then closes the input/output station door and selects
the "OK" push-button on the panel (Figure).  The library software
validates the assigned volsers and the gripper then takes the
cartridges from the input/output station and inserts them into the
library.  The volsers assigned to the cartridges are added to the
library database without further physical verification and
"Unreadable Label" flags are set in each record.  When all cartridges
are inserted, the operator may repeat the operation to add further
unlabeled cartridges to the library or select the "Cancel"
push-button
to end...