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What is a leader tape look like and how do I finf

What does a leader tape look like and how do I find it when looking into my DLT 4000?

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The tape leader is a band of flexible plastic with a hook on the end that is attached to the reel inside the drive.

When a damaged tape is used in the drive or when the drive is faulty, the tape leader can miss hook the leader and it pulls through and just flaps around on the internal spool leaving the drive unable to accept any tapes and failing self test.

Re-thread the lape leader round the guides and past the head and hook the square hole in the leader back onto the plastic hook just in front of where the tape usually sits and power on the drive and see if it passes self test.

Although this is often just a damaged tape that causes this it can also suggest a faulty drive so dont use any important tapes in the unit till you are sure the drive isnt totally 100%

I have used www.tape-drive-repair.com who are pretty good for this kind of thing and not too expensive - if you need to send the drive away for repair / exchange

Posted on Aug 24, 2009

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Possible bad or wrong media type. You must be using DLTtape VS1 cartridges for write capability.

You also need to visually inspect the drive to make sure the leader is attached to the buckling arm. The "leader" is the ~10 piece of reinforced tape that is permanently attached to the take-up reel in the drive. It threads around the rollers, past the head, and is held in place by the buckling arm and is visable by using a flashlight and looking into the drive from the front. The leader tip is in the shape of a rounded arrowhead and is what physically hooks to the media in your VS1 cartridge. If the leader isn't there you'll need to send the drive into Quantum for repair.

If this is the case, you likely have a damaged piece of media in your pool that you must find, as this tape will cause the same "damage" on your next drive, causing the drive to "swallow the leader". Quantum has a Media Inspection PDF file on their site...use it, as it will save you time and $$$ the moment you find a single piece of "bad media".

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Try to see if the drive at the back is passing self test or not so we know if it is a drive or loader issue

If it looks as if the drive is OK try cleaning the tape slots as there are sensors to sense tape loaded etc

Is the arm (and the main chassis) bent? this will also cause issues.

If it is a drive issue (Drive fails POST) then it is most likely a tape leader issue where the drives needs to be removed and the leader refitted (see other posts on here about DLT tape leader issues)

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Perhaps your cartridge is improperly formatted or is of the incorrect type?

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