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Re: DAT 72 USB External Drive

 
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DAT 72 USB External Drive

Hello,

I have a DAT 72 USB external drive. We took backup of some important data and archived in Tape. We got new server so we did not use the Tape drive for about an year.

Now we want to use this tape drive to retrieve some data When I power on, the Clean LED is always ON. when ever I insert tape it ejects. I have tried to insert the cleaning tape, this too ejects.

I suspects some fungi is causing the problem. How do I solve?

Any form of your input is appreciated.

Thanks

Rams
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Re: DAT 72 USB External Drive

If you search carefully, you will find information on manually cleaning tape drive heads. HP does not support end users performing this operation... but if the tape drive is otherwise dead, it may revive it.

Make sure you use a lint-free swab

Make sure you use denatured alcohol, which is 90%+ alcohol, not rubbing alcohol.

Do as little rubbing as possible, realizing that it may be possible to damage the head or the head alignment.


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Re: DAT 72 USB External Drive

Thanks for the info. I am unable to find information regarding manually cleaning tape drive heads.

Appreciate if you could share the link for manually cleaning tape drive heads.