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I have a Dell Super DLT Tape drive, but the tape will not eject. We tried rebooting, and holding down the eject button for 10 seconds - nothing worked. We got the tape out, and purchased a new drive. The tape is now stuck in the new drive. All three lights blink. . .what does this mean?

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It sounds like tyou have put in a damaged tape. This is a common problem and can be fixed without too much expense but is a job for the professionals as it is easy to damage the heads on this type of drive.

This is NOT a driver issue - the flashing lights are a dead give away that this is a hardware issue.

www.tape-drive-repair.com are good for this type of thing

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You make sure that you still have the drivers for drive, you can download a driver fro th dell website. If that doesn't work you may want o recheck that Tape drive, it may need to be replace.

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