imaging DC600A QIC tapes
aek at spies.com
Wed Mar 2 11:48:24 CST 2005
Next question - anyone think of a good reason why a lot of old tapes I
have containing tar archives seem to hit read errors at around 7.8MB
into the tape?
That is the first time the tape reverses direction.
You should always 'retension' the tape before trying to read it
mt -f /dev/st0 retension works under most unix systems.
This runs the tape out, and rewinds to BOT.
If the tapes are old, there is a high probablility the tensioning belt
in the cartridge is going
to break. Keep a few new donor carts around to salvage the belts out of
Be EXTREMELY careful when changing a belt to not damage the tape (it is
very easy to damage
since it is quite thin)
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