Question about HP (DW017A) Ultrium Tape Drive
My LT03 Drive passes all diagnostics but is unable to write to a tape as they are always sensed as being write protected. tried various brands of tape and even LT02 tapes but all are seen as write protected. Front mounted protect tag on tape doesnt change the situation so I think that the mechanism inside isnt capable of detecting the status of the tape.
The tape has been opened to remove a stuck cartridge so warranty is gone and I've been qoted £300-£500 to fix; Seems a lot for what appears to be a mechanical fault. Any suggestions or is there a technical manual anywhere for this drive? Thanks for yr suggestions.
It sounds like you have broken the write protect lever (that senses the WP tape switch position ) when you removed the tape.
This is a common problem when people lever out the tape without knowing that this lever helping is holding the tape in the drive.
Yes it will need to go away for a repair i am afraid
Try www.tape-drive-repair.com for this. They charge £295 for the repair (so at the lower end of your quoted prices) but they do then offer a 1 years warranty on the drive so you should be OK for some time to come.
Posted on Aug 24, 2009
Testimonial: "Correct, the lever had been broken, but more importantly the switch on the board had been damaged. By soldering across the switch it is now always on"
SOURCE: ultrium 920 sas install problem
Try to reseat the controller from the PCI slot.
Reseat the SAS cable.
Here are the drivers you may need:
Posted on Aug 12, 2010
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