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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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Re: Drive Will Not Accept Tapes

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

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