Download MT.exe, a freeware command-line tape utility.
When you open a CMD.EXE window and type mt /?, you receive the following help display:
MT v0.19: command-line tape manipulation similar to the unix mt command Copyright (C) 2001-2003 Peter Weston ([email protected]) Usage: mt command
... eg. mt erase tape0 Command, one of: block set block size to param1 bytes (eg. mt block 32K) drivestatus displays the status of the tape drive eject unlock then eject the tape format format the tape (QIC117 only) help display this usage information licence display licence information load load the tape lock stop tape being ejected longerase long-erase the specified tape (blanks current partition) mediastatus display the status of the media partition (no parameters) create fixed (drive default) partitions partition (1 parameter) create param1 select partitions partition (2 parameters) create param1 partitions of size param2 (MB) read (1 parameter) read from tape into file param1 read (2 parameters) read param 2 bytes from tape to file param1 tension retension the tape rewind rewind the tape seek move tape to block param1 seekbyte move tape to byte param1 seekend move tape to the end of data (partition param1 if specified) shorterase write an end of tape marker at the current tape position unload unload the tape (without unlocking first - can deadlock/hang) unlock allow tape to be ejected write write file param1 to tape Drive: tape0 (default) tape1 etc... Most commands fail while the tape is busy, except mediastatus which waits for the current operation to complete. Large numbers can be made by suffixing K (1024), M (K*1024) or G (M*1024)