HP minicarts found
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Thu Feb 15 03:37:35 CST 2007
On Wed, 14 Feb 2007, Richard wrote:
> In article <1e1fc3e90702141038g69d8f79ne2f9de7dc2166f89 at mail.gmail.com>,
> "Glen Slick" <glen.slick at gmail.com> writes:
>> Even if someone was desperate for any of those tapes, what are the
>> chances they would still be readable at this point and there wouldn't
>> be spots where the oxide has flaked off?
The chances are very good because HP used good tapes (I know of
experience). I was able to rescue every HP tape I have.
> It would probably be best to go through a bake cycle, that's for sure.
No! Don't bake them (it's unnecessary anyway because the tape itself
doesn't stick). BUT: You need to unstick the belt from the tape. Open the
cartridge and slightly heat the belt until it is black again (sticky belts
mostly have a white coating that will vanish when heated). I put these
tapes under a desk lamp with a distance of about 20cm (depends on the
power of the light bulb) and then wait a couple of minutes while watching
In my experience the biggest problem is the belt. Many of these belts will
tear after some time, and finding a replacement belt is difficult. I don't
know (haven't tried yet) if a belt from a DC2120 (QIC80) or similar
cartridge (those cartridges are easy to find today) can be used.
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