[rescue] VS80 DLT tape drive question

Mr Ian Primus ian_primus at yahoo.com
Fri Dec 14 09:25:42 CST 2007

--- William Enestvedt <William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu>

> Ian wrote:
> >
> > I'd bulk erase the top, bottom, front, edges,
> back,
> > and the clear plastic case it came in. You need
> all
> > the help you can get with that little eraser :)
> >
>    Can't you overclock it, or put another one
> side-by-side with it?
> "SNMP degaussing, baby!"

Well, you could try running it on 240 volts. At least,
for about four seconds, when the wiring melts and the
eraser catches fire.

Might erase the tape though.

Or, at least make it so that erasing the tape is no
longer your primary concern.

Two erasers might help. Other things can be used like
bulk erasers - big soldering guns and the like,
although I don't think they would be even as powerful
as the Rat Shack eraser. Another thing would be the
degaussing coil from a television set. Wrap it around
the cartridge and hook the coil up to the mains. Only
leave it on for a few seconds though, those coils
weren't meant to be on for more than a pulse, and
they're not particularly powerful either. Once again,
it may not be any better than the proper eraser you
already have. Fun though.


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