[rescue] VS80 DLT tape drive question

Phil Stracchino alaric at metrocast.net
Fri Dec 14 07:12:35 CST 2007

Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
> Answering my own question now....
> The issue was VS80s (and probably DLT8000s) if they detect DLT4000
> formatted media go into 'write protect mode'.  Tapes need to be bulk erased.
> I have a bulk eraser (Radio Shack), but haven't tried it yet.  Trying a 
> brand
> new DLT IV tape (I had only one), and I'm writing a backup to it now.

I thought you couldn't bulk-erase DLT media because it erases the servo

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