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PrepareTape

The PrepareTape function prepares the tape to be accessed or removed.

VB4-32,5,6
Declare Function PrepareTape Lib "kernel32" Alias "PrepareTape" (ByVal hDevice As Long, ByVal dwOperation As Long, ByVal bimmediate As Long) As Long

Operating Systems Supported
Requires Windows NT 3.1 or later; Win9x/ME: Not supported

Library
Kernel32

Parameter Information
hDevice
Identifies the device preparing the tape. This handle is created by using the CreateFile function.

dwOperation
Specifies how the tape device is to be prepared. This parameter can be one of the following values:
TAPE_FORMAT
Performs a low-level format of the tape. Currently, only the QIC117 device supports this feature.
TAPE_LOAD
Loads the tape and moves the tape to the beginning.
TAPE_LOCK
Locks the tape ejection mechanism so that the tape is not ejected accidentally.
TAPE_TENSION
Adjusts the tension by moving the tape to the end of the tape and back to the beginning. This option is not supported by all devices. This value is ignored if it is not supported.
TAPE_UNLOAD
Moves the tape to the beginning for removal from the device. After a successful unload operation, the device returns errors to applications that attempt to access the tape, until the tape is loaded again.
TAPE_UNLOCK
Unlocks the tape ejection mechanism.

bImmediate
Specifies whether to return as soon as the preparation begins. If this parameter is TRUE, the function returns immediately. If it is FALSE, the function does not return until the operation has been completed.

Return Values
If the function succeeds, the return value is NO_ERROR.

If the function fails, the return value is one of the following error codes:
ERROR_BEGINNING_OF_MEDIA
An attempt to access data before the beginning-of-medium marker failed.

ERROR_BUS_RESET
A reset condition was detected on the bus.

ERROR_END_OF_MEDIA
The end-of-tape marker was reached during an operation.

ERROR_FILEMARK_DETECTED
A filemark was reached during an operation.

ERROR_SETMARK_DETECTED
A setmark was reached during an operation.

ERROR_NO_DATA_DETECTED
The end-of-data marker was reached during an operation.

ERROR_PARTITION_FAILURE
The tape could not be partitioned.

ERROR_INVALID_BLOCK_LENGTH
The block size is incorrect on a new tape in a multivolume partition.

ERROR_DEVICE_NOT_PARTITIONED
The partition information could not be found when a tape was being loaded.

ERROR_MEDIA_CHANGED
The tape that was in the drive has been replaced or removed.

ERROR_NO_MEDIA_IN_DRIVE
There is no media in the drive.

ERROR_NOT_SUPPORTED
The tape driver does not support a requested function.

ERROR_UNABLE_TO_LOCK_MEDIA
An attempt to lock the ejection mechanism failed.

ERROR_UNABLE_TO_UNLOAD_MEDIA
An attempt to unload the tape failed.

ERROR_WRITE_PROTECT
The media is write protected.

Examples

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