Tape to Labeled Tape (option 4.2.3)

Tape to Labeled Tape copies IBM-standard labeled tapes (without requiring you to specify every file ID). Labels read from the input tape are interpreted and copied to the output tape. Copying multivolume and multifile tapes is supported. However, multivolume output tapes are not supported: if the output volume is too short, copying continues on the next tape, but no end-of-volume (EOV) label is written on the full output volume, and no IBM-standard VOL1, HDR1, and HDR2 labels are written on the continuation volume.
Figure 1. Tape to Labeled Tape panel
 Process   Options   Help
 Z Data Tools                 Tape to Labeled Tape

 Tapes:  No tapes allocated

    DDNAME to use .________      enter new name, or select one from above
    Type of tape  . SL___        SL or MIXED (mixture of SL and NL files)

    DDNAME to use .________      enter new name, or select one from above
    Tape mode . . .__            optional recording mode or density code
    Files . . . . . ALL__        number of files to be copied or ALL
    New Volser(s) .___________________________________   or * or blank

 Command ===> __________________________________________________________________
 F1=Help      F2=Split     F3=Exit      F4=CRetriev  F7=Backward  F8=Forward
 F9=Swap     F10=Actions  F12=Cancel

You can copy all of the files on the tape (by default) or specify the number of files that you want to copy (see Specifying the number of tape files to process). You can start copying at a specific file by positioning the tape at the header label (HDR1) of the desired file. You can also append files on the output volume by positioning the output tape after the last file (EOF2 TM) of the output volume.

You can copy a tape that contains both labeled and unlabeled files by specifying the type as MIXED. Non-labeled files are tolerated and copied as non-labeled files.
  1. Any user labels on the input tape are not copied.
  2. Z Data Tools may force bypass label processing (BLP) when switching to the next volume. If BLP is forced, for security reasons the tape is freed (unallocated) when the Tape to Labeled Tape ends.
  3. Do not copy HSM backup tapes using Tape to Labeled Tape because Z Data Tools cannot update the HSM internal information regarding the location of the backup data sets.
  4. No recataloging or RACF® processing of the data sets takes place because of data set naming conventions on tape.
  5. In some error conditions (for example, if unexpired output volumes are used), prompts are sent to the operator console.

For further information, refer to the online help or TLT (Tape to Labeled Tape).