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HP SureStore Dat24e (C1537a): Clean light is blinking

 
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HP SureStore Dat24e (C1537a): Clean light is blinking

After each backup (5GB), my clean light is blinking, although I had cleaned the tape 5 times in a row. The cartridge and the cleaning cartrigde are new. Attached device data.

HP L&TT 4.6:
|__ Analysis Results
|__ Device Analysis for DDS Drives
|__ Firmware rev 'L411' is up-to-date for 'C1537A' as of Wed May 25 19:00:00 2005.
|__ Serial EEPROM Data is not accessible on this drive
|__ Please insert a cleaning cartridge 5 times in a row to ensure that the drive heads are clean.
|__ You have media errors logged in your drive - please replace your media.
|__ There were 4 rules checked.

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Re: HP SureStore Dat24e (C1537a): Clean light is blinking

Hello Michael,
Please update the firmware. Its too old... from 2005. Use LTT latest version 4.6 to upgrade the firmware.

Rajat Bhargava
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Re: HP SureStore Dat24e (C1537a): Clean light is blinking

This error is the result of s waorn head. All the cleaning cycles will not give any long term reliability.
The mech in these units is basically a standard DDS3 with a different controller/firmware.
The best repair is to obtain a refurbished DDS£ mech and remove the old mech from the unit.
Remove the circuit board from both mechs and swap.Then replace mech. It has always worked for me.
Otherwise find a refurbished unit and replce the whole thing. I know where you can get replacement units so if you are interested then contact me for further info.
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Re: HP SureStore Dat24e (C1537a): Clean light is blinking

Thanks for your reply. Probably my tape is broken. After 10 years with one backup per week, maybe this is normal. So I ordered a used one at EBay for 10 dollars. Maybe this works, if not, I will bought a new one.