[rescue] bulk erasing DLT tapes (or, more specifically, NOT)
dougmc at frenzied.us
Sun Jan 20 10:50:51 CST 2008
On Sat, Jan 19, 2008 at 06:41:48PM -0500, Curtis H. Wilbar Jr. wrote:
| DLT is bulk erasable.
Yes, but it requires a big honking magnetic field, one that your
standard bulk eraser cannot create. And if it's not strong enough you
can't make up for it by doing it for a long time.
| "Real" (professional) degaussers rated for DLT cost thousands....
| (I could buy a lot of tapes for that price... new even....).
We had the same problem at one point, and we sent our tapes in to a
service to have them degaussed. It cost about $2/tape plus shipping.
At the time tapes were $50 each, so it made sense. Now they seem to
be around $13 each, so maybe not quite so much.
I can't find any reference to who we had do it, but googling for `dlt
degaussing service' finds some hits at similar prices.
Doug McLaren, dougmc at frenzied.us
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