I have two HP SureStore DLT 80 tape drives. When you plug-in (power) the first one, nothing happens (not even lights up). The second one spins the tape, grunts, and flashes all lights on the right, then repeats. Oh, it won't give back the cleaning tape either (can't eject). Can these be fixed? And what would it cost?
The first one is not completely shot, it sounds like something in your main board has gone. this can be replaced just needs to be takes to a pro fix company. the second drive sounds like the taco wheel is faulty, meaning the drive can not sense itself spinning the tape so it spins out of control, this can also be fixed but will need to be sent to a pro fix shop.
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Re: Can you fix it?
It sounds like your first drive is defiantly shot. The second one suggests the drive has failed as well. You should be able to eject the tape manually using a long piece of steel. Such as a paper clip.
Taken from the manual If all the right side or left side lights flash on the front panel: There is a fault with the drive. 1 Try turning the power switch on the drive off and then on again. 2 If the problem persists, call for service.
So your sorda up a creek. Can i suggest moving to HDD backup system? They are ultra cheap, reliable, and much faster than Tape backup systems.
Alternativly if you have data you need to recover, you can purchase new (used) drives off ebay for about $200
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this may be a limitation on your motherboard. please check if your motherboard supports this much capacity. If you have another pc or laptop that is about a year or two, check if they would recognize the the capacity of the drive correctly. if not you may want check with quantum about their drives.
For that you can try to press and hold the eject buttonfor 30 seconds if the tape doesn't came out then reflash the drive firmware revision. After all that is the issue persists you can try to: manually remove the tape by removing the top cover Locate recessed thumb
wheel Rotate thumb wheel
counter-clockwise until you feel resistance. Wheel may spring back when you
release it. This is OK. Locate hole in bottom of
drive. Insert #10 Torx driver and rotate clockwise until tape
ejects. If there is a lot of tape on the take up reel, this could take some
time. Rotate thumb wheel
clockwise to eject the tape.
Multiply the subtotal by 123. If this multiplication
results in a number greater than 99,999,999 (this should never happen), use the
special password of 44122333.
Since the only valid choices are 1-4 for each digit, follow
If the digit=0 (zero), make the digit=1
If the digit=9, then make digit=1
If the digit>4, subtract 4 from the digit
If the digit does not meet any of the above, leave the
digit unchanged. If the result is less than 8 digits, add leading 1s to make it
eight digits in length. NOTE: As an example, 2000
02/07 2:30 is displayed (February 7, 2000 at 2:30). Plugging in the numbers:
(2 * 1001) + (7 * 101) + 2 + 2000 = 4711
4711 * 123 = 59453
Convert all digits to be between 1 and 4 = 131413
Add the leading 1s to make it eight digits long -
Enter this special code to the front panel.
Press OK. The
screen will confirm that the password has been