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Stuck Tape Removal

I need to remove a stuck tape inside the tape drive. Is there any trick to doing this ?

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  • Anonymous Jan 07, 2008

    I have the same drive and now have repalced the drive with a new unit from Quantum under warrenty but again it ahs a stucj tape, the tapes are Quantum S$ 800 - 1.6 TB tapes but when loading it has got stuck again in the drive, I have pictures of the removal process as I cant find another way of sorting, but does anyone have a answer to why they keep getting stuck? are the tapes faulty or the drives troublesome?



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With only te power connected, press the eject button for approx 10 seconds. The drive will reboot and hopefully eject the tape.

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Usually a reboot gets it out...hit eject button BEFORE windows starts up...I've seen some get stuck forever... Good luck.

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I would suggest sending it to for them to fix as once the tape has been removed you will still probably have the original fault that caused the tape to get stuck.

If you do try and remove the tape yourself be extremely careful as those drives are very easy to break the load mech and tape leader assy if you dont know exactly how to remove them.

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