HP2648A tape drive capstans

Lyle Bickley lbickley at bickleywest.com
Sun Feb 5 11:37:16 CST 2006


On Sunday 05 February 2006 03:04, Christian Corti wrote:
> On Sat, 4 Feb 2006, Tony Duell wrote:
> > construction as those for the HP85. The problem is that the belt sticks
> > to the oxide layer on the tape, and/or the tape sticks together, and you
> > get major loss of the magnetic coating when you try to read the tape.
> > Needless to say this makes it unreadable.
>
> So you try to shred a tape first and after that you begin to think about
> it? Everyone who *knows* that the belt is sticking opens the cartridge and
> tries to unstick the belt without damaging the tape. This works very fine
> by applying heat (similar to baking sticky tapes, but here the tape is not
> sticky, it's only the belt). And the tapes are fine afterwards. It's how I
> revived all the original HP cartidges with software for the HP1000 (dated
> from 1980 to 1985) that I have. I've made backups, of course, but they are
> still fine.

How do you heat them? How do you know when "enough is enough" heat?

Cheers,
Lyle
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Lyle Bickley
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