Question about Sony SDX 420C (SDX-420C) AIT Tape Drive

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It was working fine and I let it sit for about a year. When I hooked it back up, the three lights in the front just keep flashing and if you look in to the slot, there''s a piece of flat metal that seems to be blocking putting a tape in

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  • Ray Rogers May 26, 2011

    To be more specific....I just realized that the metal piece is part of the apparatus. The computer is not recognizing the tape back up machine and the lights on the front continuously flash only after I connect the firewire to the computer.



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First, power off the system connected to the drive.

To remove metal in a drive, I've used 2 tools: my pinky finger and a plastic knife.

If the slot is too small for a pinky finger to dislodge and remove the metal, try a plastic (not metal) knife.

Be careful not to scratch the drive heads.

Hope this helps.

Posted on May 26, 2011

  • NinaE May 26, 2011

    Hello, again.

    If you wish to take the drive partially apart, please take care or the drive could become damaged.

    Remove the drive from the chassis or enclosure to allow access to the bottom and right side of the drive.

    Remove the drive's top cover.

    Locate the small opening in the bottom of the drive and insert the tip of a precision screwdriver so that the Threading Motor shaft can be rotated.

    Rotate the motor shaft counterclockwise to bring the threading mechanism back to the initial position. Stop rotating the motor shaft immediately, Otherwise the gear of the drive can be damaged.

    See if you can remove the flat metal or see where the problem lies.

    It's possible that your drive is faulty and needs repair or replacement.



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