dead DLT drive? (I/O erors, sense data errors, "write filemark" error)

Mogens Kjaer mk at
Tue Dec 20 11:15:48 UTC 2005

Matt Morgan wrote:
> I think the old DLT drive (haven't used it for a few years, but it
> worked the last time I had it plugged in) may be dead. Here's what I
> notice:
> 1) The "use cleaning tape" light was on. I plugged in a cleaning tape,
> and the light went out; but then when I plugged i na real tape, the
> drive pretty quickly turned the "use cleaning light" back on again.
> This has happened a few times--the cleaning tape seems to work, but
> then as soon as I put in a real tape, the drive wants cleaning again.


Are you using the right kind of tape?

It should be labeled: DLTtape IV


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