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Clean light

Malcolm Franks
Occasional Visitor

Clean light

Have two HP tape drives - had the DAT72 one for 4 years or so and an Ultrium 1 one for 2 years.

They are both used once every work day but the clean lights have yet to light up.

Is this normal?
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Amar_Joshi
Honored Contributor

Re: Clean light

It's not good to run the uncleaned drives for so long. Though it's working but not recommended under the best practices. See the guide "how often should I clean the head"...
http://www.maxell.co.jp/e/products/industrial/care_comtape/proper/proper3.html
http://www.datman.com/tbul/dmtb_036.htm

I will say you are lucky that the tape drives are working fine so far and also proves that you have one of the best tape media handling in place. Others who are interested in knowing the tape media handling best practices.. see here...

http://www.clir.org/PUBS/reports/pub54/

My 2 cents worth.