DC-600/300XL tape cart observation
cclist at sydex.com
Thu Apr 26 00:26:51 CDT 2007
On 25 Apr 2007 at 9:26, Al Kossow wrote:
> There was a posting in the HP tape thread about using a lamp to heat
> the tensioning belt here within the past six months. Can't find it
> right now, though.
The Scotch DC300XLs have a peculiar situation where the oxide
attaches itself to the belt. Not only does this remove oxide from
the tape, but it pretty much destroys the effectiveness of the
tensioning belt (creates a slick spot)--and nothing (not Freon TF,
isopropanol, water) will remove it.
I've written Imation to see if they can supply replacement belts for
the DC-300s. Apparently, the carts are still made, but perhaps in DC-
6250 format--good enough.
Regardless, it's pretty ugly. I've had substantially better luck
with much older 9-track 1/2" tapes and 8" floppies. I wonder how
long DLT IV carts are good for...
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