[TUHS] Someone wants to use an exabyte

Larry McVoy lm at mcvoy.com
Mon Nov 25 13:24:04 AEST 2019

So that sounds like a different problem.  People correct me if I'm
wrong but the exabyte drives seemed to have a head alignment problem.
If you bumped the drive, the head moved and it stayed moved.  So now
it can't read the tape because the head is offset.  I have no data to
support this but I suspect someone that really understood these drives
might be able to move the head back in alignment.

On Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 11:42:36AM +1000, George Michaelson wrote:
> I just failed with a Sun DAT drive. Cable and card bought online,
> recognized by the mt command, but all it does is eject tapes.
> I am going to get a friend to come play with rubber bands and WD40 but
> I'm not hopeful.
> Bunch of data going to be rotting on tape.
> -G
> On Mon, Nov 25, 2019 at 11:41 AM Dave Horsfall <dave at horsfall.org> wrote:
> >
> > On Sun, 24 Nov 2019, Larry McVoy wrote:
> >
> > > Good luck with that.  I had a 4/470 that had an exabyte, wheeled it out
> > > of building 5 at Sun and into building 9 at SGI and the tapes wouldn't
> > > read back.
> >
> > I've had all sorts of problems with those drives.  Fortunately there was
> > an Exabyte agent not far from us, so they got a lot of our business.
> >
> > -- Dave

Larry McVoy            	     lm at mcvoy.com             http://www.mcvoy.com/lm 

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