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Drive Will Not Accept Tapes

I have many of these drives (about 30) all have different problems. One of the more common is the drive will not accept the tape. I have cycled power, I know Im using the correct tape, but the lights on the front of the tape drive never quit, remain constantly lit. The drive is empty though.. Thanks

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  • Chris Walker May 18, 2007

    Youre right - very impatient - had the boss breathing down my neck "YOURE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO FIX ANYTHING !!!"

    Thanks for your insight

  • Chris Walker May 31, 2007

    Jackboy - Thank You so much - I have taken your advice and purchased cleaning products for the tape heads - and so far Ive 100% success

    Your help just let my company bill nearly $10,000 more....Thank You

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You are so impatient/ The problem with tape drives is the ferrous compound coming off the tape over time and building up- Each tape will need stripping and a good clean out with Coproponal Alchohol

Posted on May 18, 2007

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    john ash May 25, 2007

    Happy stripping then a very sooty job -I've done a few.

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