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

Matt Morgan minxmertzmomo at
Tue Dec 20 14:56:57 UTC 2005

On 12/20/05, Mogens Kjaer <mk at> wrote:
> 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

Yes--but thanks for asking.

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