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Requesting Operator to Preload Integrated Cartridge Loader in Managed Manual Mode Library

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117652D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 32K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fisher, JA: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method to prompt an operator to PRELOAD a tape drive's Integrated Cartridge Loader (ICL) is disclosed. When a tape drive is assigned to a volume category a PRELOAD message is displayed for operator action.

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Requesting Operator to Preload Integrated Cartridge Loader in Managed
Manual Mode Library

      A method to prompt an operator to PRELOAD a tape drive's
Integrated Cartridge Loader (ICL) is disclosed.  When a tape drive is
assigned to a volume category a PRELOAD message is displayed for
operator action.

      A message is sent to a tape drive notifying it that it will be
mounting scratch volumes.  At this point, the tape drive prompts the
operator to preload the ICL with the scratch cartridges.  The
operator then confirms that the scratch cartridges have been
preloaded.  When a scratch mount is received for the tape drive, the
ICL can be indexed to mount the tape.

      The preload message is replaced by a LOAD message if a scratch
mount request is received before the operator confirms the preload.
The load message indicates to the operator to mount a scratch volume
into the drive's feed slot and load the Integrated Cartridge Loader.
  FLOWCHART
  Set tape device to scratch message received from host
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  PRELOAD SCRATCH message displayed on tape drive message pod
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  Operator preloads ICL with scratch cartridges
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  Operator confirms that preload has been performed
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  Mount SCRATCH cartridge command received from host
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  Tape drive ICL is indexed thus mounting the scratch cartridge