Question about Sony DDS SDT-5000 DAT Tape Drive

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Ive just bought an old sony dat drive SDT-5000 and want to use the external housing frome one I already have. Does anyone know how to set the jumpers? I can supply an image of this if it helps

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  • ges1 Oct 14, 2016

    Image of the jumpers attached.Drive appears to run fine, accepts a tape but is not recognised by my mac?

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    S Hunter Simpson Oct 14, 2016

    does the enclosure have a scsi cable connector (I want to assume that's connected when you are trying to see it, but best to be clear and sure)? jumpers won't provide the data transfer, just settings (see attached jumper setting pic)

  • S Hunter Simpson
    S Hunter Simpson Oct 14, 2016

    note the jumper setting for a slightly different model, but you get the idea hopefully (one end is SCSI ID and maybe the other end has your cables attached; play around with combos; again, assuming the wide flat ribbon cable is attached, which I don't see in your pics)



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Supply an image (and would be great if you could supply image from old broken one and new one)

I'm a bit confused though: if you have an internal working sdt-5000 that you want to put into an external broken sdt-5000, it should be as simple as getting the enclosure open, then swapping the internal drives; i.e. external enclosures usually still use the same spec internal drive so it would just be an ide or scsi connector cable.

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SOURCE: We have SONY Model SDT-5000

What is the drive doing or not doing?

Do you have power?

Does it accept a tape?

If yes, does it rewind the tape?

Is this an internal or is it enclosed in a chassis?

Posted on Aug 15, 2011


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