The PrepareTape function prepares the tape to be accessed or removed.
DWORD PrepareTape( HANDLE hDevice, DWORD dwOperation, BOOL bImmediate );
Handle to the device preparing the tape. This handle is created by using the CreateFile function.
Tape device preparation. This parameter can be one of the following values.
If this parameter is TRUE, the function returns immediately. If it is FALSE, the function does not return until the operation has been completed.
If the function succeeds, the return value is NO_ERROR.
If the function fails, it can return one of the following error codes.
||An attempt to access data before the beginning-of-medium marker failed.|
||A reset condition was detected on the bus.|
||The partition information could not be found when a tape was being loaded.|
||The end-of-tape marker was reached during an operation.|
||A filemark was reached during an operation.|
||The block size is incorrect on a new tape in a multivolume partition.|
||The tape that was in the drive has been replaced or removed.|
||The end-of-data marker was reached during an operation.|
||There is no media in the drive.|
||The tape driver does not support a requested function.|
||The tape could not be partitioned.|
||A setmark was reached during an operation.|
||An attempt to lock the ejection mechanism failed.|
||An attempt to unload the tape failed.|
||The media is write protected.|
Some tape devices do not support certain tape operations. See your tape device documentation and use the GetTapeParameters function to determine your tape device's capabilities.
|Minimum supported client||Windows XP [desktop apps only]|
|Minimum supported server||Windows Server 2003 [desktop apps only]|
|Header||winbase.h (include Windows.h)|