[rescue] bulk erasing DLT tapes (or, more specifically, NOT)
Curtis H. Wilbar Jr.
rescue at hawkmountain.net
Fri Jan 18 23:01:53 CST 2008
OMFG... I used to worry about keeping magnetic media near magnetic
I wouldn't think twice at this point about storing a DLT IV tape near a
monitor, speaker, or large permanent magnet even...
I started with a RS video tape eraser (6 amps).... heh... the DLT tape
I think got off ebay a heavy bulk eraser for professional audio/video
15A .... yowza... heavy... big, loud (the hum), makes a strong field...
The f'ing DLT tape is still lauging at me ? What do you need to erase
a thermonuclear EMP ?!?!?!?!
I've exposed a tape to 1 minute topside, one minute bottom side... I can
READ the f'ing contents !
This all started as I have tons of 20G formatted DLT IV tapes, but now
VS80 drive (40G format)....
Unreal.... guess I need a degausser that uses 240V and draws like 40A or
Or do I just need to leave it on mine for like 10 minutes (it seems to
(thermal protection?) after 1 minute even though it is rated for a 10
duty cycle) ?
Anyone in the MA/RI area with a degausser that can actually erase these
New (professional) units rated for DLT erasure are simply out of my
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