I found this simple article that summarizes in a few brief instructions the minimum to govern a tape drive.
The world believes it to be outdated, to me they seem however still irreplaceable. A 400GB tape drive is always a good solution to the problems of second-level backup.
Since there are now sites, tomorrow no, report some of the most important notes without many explanations:
Device name: Will have “s” in the name because it’s scsi
= non-rewindable tape scsi
x = number We want/dev/st0, the first scsi rewindable tape device.
To check drive status:
Mt-f/dev/st0 status Mt-f/dev/st0 rewind Mt-f/dev/st0 erase Mt-f/dev/st0 rewind Mt-f/dev/st0 lock #prevent hitting eject before it finished tar-cvzf/dev/st0/path/to/stuff/to/back/up/ Mt-f/dev/st0 unlock Mt-f/dev/st0 eject