When 4mm Drives Eat Tapes

Nico de Jong nico at farumdata.dk
Tue Nov 28 11:49:30 CST 2006

From: "R. D. Davis"

> While attempting to restore some files from a 4mm tape, using an HP
> SureStore Tape 2000 drive, something happened to me for the first
> time: the drive made a strange moaning sound then stopped reading the
> tape.  Not only did the drive stop reading the tape, but it had begun
> eating the tape as well, nearly chewing all the way through it on one
> spot.

Some years ago, I had to read a DDS-2 tape on (IIRC) a C1533 drive. New.
The first read went ok, but when I had to read it again, the tape was
wrapped around one of the motors. This customer was not very pleased, as it
was part of a criminal investigation.


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