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The difference between Quick Erase and Label...

Level 3

Hello I have a 5240 appliance and the version is

What I'm curious about is the difference between Quick Erase and Label.

can anyone explain?


Level 6

Hi @melmel_bk 

The label command is used to write the initial header (label) on the tape for new media. It can be used to re-label a tape as well (for instance if the barcode is changed or otherwise is a mismatch with the media - note the check box to not verify any existing label for this case). 

The quick erase command is typeically used to write a tape EOF marker after the label (so the tape must already be labelled) to make the remaining contents inacessible (or to be correct more difficult to access - with the right tools and understanding the some of the data can still extracted). 

Hope this helps

Thanks for your answer.

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What is the difference between quick erase and media label?

With both commands, media used in Full will have 0 Kilobytes.