QIC drive bands

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Thu Apr 13 12:44:50 CDT 2006

On 4/13/2006 at 11:51 AM Scott Quinn wrote:

>Before I do that, I wanted to get some more input. I'm not sure of the
composition of the drive bands, or whether "Rubber Renu" (main ingredient:
Methyl Salicylate) would be injurous to the tapes in the small quantities
that would remain on the band.

I wouldn't.  Methyl salicylate (oil of wintergreen) is an oily ester that's
mostly used as a flavoring agent.  The elastomer used on the DC drive bands
appears to be a completely different material from rubber--and I suspect
it's not porous.  Cleaning the stuff off a tape that you applied it to
wouldn't be pretty--it's not soluble in water--it dissolves in ether.

I'd start by firing off an inquiry to Imation.  They still make QIC tapes
and I'd suspect that they might sell you (with the appropriate amount of
begging, wheedling and conniving) a bunch of new belts.  I've found that
their technical support can be very good.  Back when I was fooling with QIC
cartridges more, I recall one of their support reps informing me that when
respooling a tape, saliva was exactly the right stuff to use to tack the
free end of the tape to the hub.  He said that they'd tried a number of
other substances, but that saliva was the best.

If you don't get satisfaction from customer service, see if you can get an
in to the folks at NML (which is run by Imation).  They deal with this sort
of stuff all of the time.


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