When 4mm Drives Eat Tapes
tpeters at mixcom.com
Tue Nov 28 18:50:14 CST 2006
At 09:22 PM 11/28/2006 +0000, you wrote:
>Al Kossow wrote:
> > Decomposing rubber components has been a problem for digital tape
> > transports for at least a decade or more now. I know of no vendor who
> > supplies replacements for the dozens of different QIC transports, for
> > example.
>My experience of DAT drives is that they would eat tape for fun even
>when new ... one or two units seem fine but I had half a dozen
>replaced when I was at DEC.
>DLT always had the decency to fail in non-destructive ways, the tape
You haven't lost the leader inside the drive? Or inside the cartridge? I
have. It's delicate work, rethreading a DLT-VI.
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