[rescue] QIC tape resource

Richard ejb at trick-1.net
Fri Sep 8 22:56:50 CDT 2017

Hi folks

So another session of trying to get these tapes imaged and here is the
1. FrameMaker 3.0 tape image created. *happy*
2. the internal belts invariably are always slipping and causing the
tape to overrun itself stopping a copy, jaming/damaging the tape *UGH*.
3. I have tried swapping belts - very limited success and they break
after 1-2 tapes. More tape chaos!
4. I have tried the hotwater exercise per the youtube links but the
belts are even more fragile after that and almost always break either as
you put them on or half way through a copy again tape chaos!

The dead tape body count is rising!

Going off to have a think about what to do next.... if I can't find a
replacement belt then thinking maybe a customised cartridge that I can
carry the tape spools in and drive externally in some other way from the
tape unit drive. I know this risks tape breakage as the friction slip
wont be there on the tape/drive mechanism....off to see what i can
find....might take inspiration from the tape dumper below....


On Sat, 9 Sep 2017, at 08:49 AM, Richard wrote:
> WOW! thanks to everyone for some great resources, insights and comments.
> So will try the donor belt scenario first. My concern here is that the
> donor belt may give in at some point also. I have a box of tapes to
> choose from.
> What I do know is that the DC300 and DC600 tape lengths are different
> and therefore the belt is different. I think the theory will be as long
> as the tape is the same length then the belt should be the right size. 
> Depending on success rate that may do it or I might go down the boiling
> the bands option or finding  newer 6150 cartridges for donor belts.
> Again thanks for the great responses and I will keep you all posted on
> progress.
> Cheers
> Richard
> On Sat, 9 Sep 2017, at 03:18 AM, David Bryant wrote:
> > There is a great resource for QIC tapes that I just stumbled upon.
> > 	http://qicreader.blogspot.com/
> > 
> > With a specific section on tension bands:
> > 	http://qicreader.blogspot.com/p/drive-belts.html
> > 
> > He's also built a stand-alone tape dumper:
> > 	http://qicreader.blogspot.com/p/hardware.html
> > 
> > Best of luck everyone!
> > 
> > David
> > 
> >  -=[#]=- -=[#]=- -=[#]=- -=[#]=- -=[#]=- -=[#]=- -=[#]=- -=[#]=- 
> > David Bryant
> > david at datashadow.net
> > _______________________________________________
> > rescue list - http://www.sunhelp.org/mailman/listinfo/rescue
> _______________________________________________
> rescue list - http://www.sunhelp.org/mailman/listinfo/rescue

More information about the rescue mailing list