Subject: Re: How many backups per DAT?
To: John Nemeth <email@example.com>
From: Geoff Adams <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 07/14/1997 17:12:49
John Nemeth writes:
> Don't take pokes at mechanism from the front. You can't see what
> you're doing, so may jab something harder then you should.
I must agree. I once boneheadedly tried to clean a DAT drive with a
Q-Tip(tm) and high-proof isopropanol. I managed to get one of the
cotton fibers caught around one of the tiny read-write heads on the
tilted-axis spinning head unit. This was enough to misalign the head
just slightly, but enough that it never read from or wrote to a tape
properly again. (Of course, attempts to realign the head made it
worse, until it eventually broke.) I had to send the drive back to HP
for repair. :(
Never again will I try that trick.