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

Robert Darlington rdarlington at gmail.com
Sat Jan 19 14:53:00 CST 2008

Did you guys ever consider shredding services?  We have this massive
chunker/shredder thing that eats whole hard drives (it would probably
eat a fridge with no problem) that we use for tapes and other
recordable media.


On Jan 19, 2008 12:50 PM, Curious George <jorge234q at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- "Curtis H. Wilbar Jr." <rescue at hawkmountain.net>
> wrote:
> > This all started as I have tons of 20G formatted DLT
> > IV tapes, but now have a VS80 drive (40G format)....
> I have a pair of (very large) degaussers.  Never
> had a problem eraseing any kind of media with just
> a few seconds on each side.
> I run the degausser over the side of the tape, then
> rotate it ~90 degrees and repeat.  Then, flip the
> tape and do the wsame thing.  Probably 30 seconds
> from start to finish for the whole tape.
> Then, pull the degausser away from the tape (I use
> my outstretched arms to "measure" ~6 ft) before
> turning off the field.
> Of course, I do this out in the hallway so I know
> I am nowhere near anything that might be upset by
> such a strong field!  :>
> Most of my DLTs are *not* VS80's -- so I can just
> push the "density override" button to select the new
> density desired.  Note that this is written to the
> tape when the tape is first used so you can't
> expect to change it on-the-fly (though you can
> turn compression on/off at will)
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