[rescue] VS80 DLT tape drive question
Curtis H. Wilbar Jr.
rescue at hawkmountain.net
Mon Dec 10 12:37:37 CST 2007
Dan Sikorski wrote:
> Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
>> I was given an external VS80 (Dell branded) tape drive.
>> The 'door' where tape goes, flaps freely in... I'm used to my
>> DLT4000 where the door is locked closed when a tape is out.
> The VS80's are just spring loaded flaps, they don't lock closed like the
> larger drives do.
>> I've opened it up, and I don't see any evidence of an interlock
>> mechanism or even a spring to hold it closed.
>> When the external drive is powered on, the fan in the case
>> causes the flap to pull partway in (pulling dust/etc into the
>> drive). Is this really how these drives are ?
>> If not, where would the door spring go ????
> When you're looking at the front end of the drive, the left side of the
> door should have a spring on it. If you take the drive out of the case,
> you should be able to see the (lack of) spring if you look at the top of
> the drive on the hinge of the flap.
what sort of spring ? if missing, is it likely inside the drive ? !
>> How are these drives ? Seems like a very compact drive.
>> Specs show a slower transfer rate vs the full size DLT8000.
> Not too bad, we have probably a dozen of them in service, and have had
> some failures, but i think i can probably attribute all of the failures
> to dirty air (dust, smoke, etc.). I've also taken two of those drives
> apart to fix them in the past. (I'm not expert though, i only have a
> 50% success rate. :) )
What failure do you tend to see ?
If you have any failed units, do you have a spring/etc you could spare ????
I'm quite worried a small metal spring may be inside this thing
> -Dan Sikorski
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