Viper 2150S scsi tape drive
dkelvey at hotmail.com
Thu Oct 28 09:30:55 CDT 2010
Last night I put the tape in the drive and did
a 'mt -f /dev/rst0 status'
The drive seemed to do as expected. The tape
shuttled back and forth and the status read out.
Then I thought I'd try the retension as the tape had
been sitting for some time.
It started off OK then came to a stop.
I looked at things and realized that the capstan
had turned to goo. :(
I'll have to try some tubing on it.
Does anyone know the expected diameter of
the capstan? I would think it wasn't too critical
if I'm not trying to recover data from the tape
I had to clean out the tape case. It is not as easy to
get the band back on if there is tape on both spools.
I've done it in the past with just one full spool
and then loaded the tape on the other after
getting the band on. One just needs to feed
on enough to get past the end of tape holes.
There was just too much tape on both spools
to do it that way. I hope I didn't crinkle the tape
I have the capstan offand cleaned up. rubbing
alchohol seems to clean it off well enough.
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