Are old SCSI tape drives not all created equal?

Al Kossow aek at
Sun Aug 21 19:49:37 CDT 2016

I know it's true for the full height. I've had dozens of dead ones
because of that. I just picked up an 8705 yesterday, will open it up
and also check a 8505

Chuck, I've not had many problems with Exabyte media. DAT on the other hand
has been problematic.

I just got a box of 8mm unix backups that weren't stored well. We'll see how
they do.

On 8/21/16 5:27 PM, js at wrote:
> On 8/21/2016 6:15 PM, Al Kossow wrote:
>> On 8/21/16 4:08 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>>>   8mm
>>> (Exabyte) drives have a pretty good chance of survival
>> nope, the transport has rubber rollers that crack, and
>> little rubber belts.
> Al,
> Is that true for both the full height and half height models?
> - John

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