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Exabyte-220 Tape Library with a 8900 Mammoth drive. Tape cartridge is stuck in the drive - had a power failure during boot of the library. Can press the eject button and hear the tape rewind but the cartridge will not eject. Is there a means for a user to get the tape cartridge out?

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These drives are a right pain in the neck!

There is no easy way for an end user to remove the tapes and they are a terrible drive (certainly unless you are using a unix/linux server with all data on this server and not on another networked machine)

My suggestion would be to buy a new drive/library!

Failing that try sending the drive to www.tape-drive-repair.com who should be able to help - but these Mammoth drives are so awful they almost sent exabyte bust so i wouldnt invest too much money in keeping it going. Better to upgrade to an HP LTO4 desktop and cut your losses - Again these guys should be able to help with an upgrade

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