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SDLT density modification 110/220 --> 160/320

M REMI BALLON
Occasional Contributor

SDLT density modification 110/220 --> 160/320

Hello,

i use an MSL 5052 and i have changed a week ago my two 110/220 tape drives in by two news 160/320 tape drives.
I didn't change my SDLT cartridge and i think that they have still 110/220 density with the news tapes.
can someone give me how i can modify the density to 160/320 GB, i am sure they can accept this size.
Do i need to erase (Long, short,etc) or format the medias.

Thanks for your answer
4 REPLIES
Marino Meloni_1
Honored Contributor

Re: SDLT density modification 110/220 --> 160/320

For what I remember, you cannot change the density of the tapes when used.
The only way should be a Degauss.
This operation could be performed by third party company you can found on internet
marino
M REMI BALLON
Occasional Contributor

Re: SDLT density modification 110/220 --> 160/320

what do you call a degauss ?
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: SDLT density modification 110/220 --> 160/320

DEGAUSSING is a process in which an alternating magnetic field is forced on the magnetic tape. It causes the elementary magnets to shuffle around, so that all data is gone.
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Sebastian Gonzalez_2
Occasional Advisor

Re: SDLT density modification 110/220 --> 160/320

You have to write anything at BOT to change the format. You don't need to degauss or format the hole tape.

Regards,
Sebastian.-