[rescue] bulk erasing DLT tapes (or, more specifically, NOT)

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Fri Jan 18 23:40:49 CST 2008

Hehe, make use of that old crappy autochanger!  I use my old dell
powervault (storagevault?) for erasing 8 tapes at a time, and by that
I mean overnight.


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