I got a brand new HP Autoloader with bar code reader. Very cool since I would no longer need to label the tape and label the tape in the backup program. You can probably imagine my astonishment when no labels were included. No problem... I'll just order a pack HP Q2008A... WTF? 75 euro's?
No way am I gonna pay that amount of money for a piece of paper. There has to be a way I can create my own. I checked the Quantum specs and this shouldn't be a problem. The labels use code 39 barcode encoding. They also specify the allowed characters (8 alphanumeric ending with L1 for LTO1, L2 or L3 for LTO3) for instance 000001L3 or WED001L3.
Ok, that is a start. So how am I going to generate the barcodes? Google is my friend and found me this site.
After some trial and error I discovered these settings work best:
Now all you need to do is create some barcodes and print them on label paper. Make sure you align the labels in the center of the space for labels like this:
In the picture above you can see where you can place the text label.