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Tape drive replacement trouble

I am replacing a Dell VS80 tape drive that came with a PowerEdge 4600. The old tape drive has no problem being recognized but the new Quantum VS80 does not show up. Termination, ID, connection and voltage is not the problem. Any ideas?

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Drivers are a simple solution..here's a link for printer drivers, which you can jump through to find tape drivers, with the dell model number.

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The PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 Tape drive reads and writes DLTtape VS1 cartridges. The PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 Tape drive can read - but not write - DLTtape™ IV cartridges written using the DLT1/VS80 format. NOTE: The PowerVault 110T DLT VS160 Tape drive automatically ejects any other cartridge types and any cartridges whose format it cannot read. Make sure all cartridges that you want to use for writing are DLTtape VS1 cartridges.


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I had this issue and fortunately my tape drive was under warranty.

First off rang Dell and the technician tried fixing over the phone.

There are two types of flashing light (apparently) if the light is flashing slowly then the tape drive is telling you it needs cleaning, if the light is flashing fast then it is telling you that the tape (not drive) needs replacing.

The technician then said that if the tape drive was relatively new under 12 months then is was likely a software issue/conflict. My drive was nearly 3 years old, but he tried the software updates and restored the original defaults anyway and had no success, so they sent an engineer out.

When the engineer came out he replaced the drive immediately, i asked him what it was and he said when the drives get older or are used a lot they get clogged up with the metallic oxide ("DUST") from the tapes over time and they get to a point where they are so clogged they think they need cleaning all the time.

I asked if you could clean the tape heads yourself, he said you can but it is a real pain in the ***, so they don't, they just throw them away.

not much of a solution i know but this is whats happening, if your drive has done a fair bit of work then its a fair bet its knackered.

BTW: engineer did say you should only use good quality tapes as the cheaper ones give off more metallic oxide ("DUST") than the good ones.

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