[afnog] Help needed: Tape drive access on VirtualBox

Jainaba Sissoho jainaba.sissoho at qcell.gm
Tue Jun 5 17:41:44 UTC 2012

Hi All,


I hope someone can help!


I am fairly new to using tape drives with Linux, and this is the first am
trying to connect a tape device to a Virtual machine running Linux or any


I have a VirtualBox installed on a Windows Server 2003 machine. The
VirtualBox is running Ubuntu 10.04 which I intend to use as a backup server
if tests succeed. The host machine is connected to a SCSI tape drive which
is detected and be used in Windows. However I cannot detect the default unix
drive for tapes on my virtual file system which I understand is /dev/st0.
Here is an output from my machine:


****@****-Ubuntu:~$ mt -f /dev/st0 status
mt: /dev/st0: rmtopen failed: No such file or directory




1.       Are there any other drive names for tape devices apart from

2.       How to I mount and access the tape drive from the virtual machine
if this possible at all.


Thank you.


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