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Bad Media errors on Compaq 40/80 DLT

LuAnn Cross
Occasional Visitor

Bad Media errors on Compaq 40/80 DLT

I have a new Proliant Server with an internal Compaq 40/80 GB DLT drive. I have tried to use my DLT tapes that have only been written to once or twice on an HP DLT1 Drive. I keep getting bad media errors, and messages to clean the drive.

Is there a way to get this drive to read these tapes? They are Sony and Maxell branded.
Vincent Farrugia
Honored Contributor

Re: Bad Media errors on Compaq 40/80 DLT


If you previously written your tapes with a DLT1 drive, there is no way you can read/write on them using a normal DLT8000 drive. You have to degauss the tapes before being able to use them in a DLT8000 drive.

Tape Drives RULE!!!