Repair 8mm tape.
Posted on 1997-05-09
Well, I have an Exabyte 8505. The drive recently "ate" one of my 8mm tapes.
The tape was stuck in the drive. So, I opened it, and cut the tape in order to remove the cartridge (that is the Exabyte recommended procedure).
After repairing physically the tape (but still one chunk is missing: the very first part of it, that had been too much chewed), the drive is obviously missing some information and send a check condition, the condition being "Blank Medium".
Do you know any mean to recover the end of the data on the tape, by "skipping" the first part ?
BTW this Exabyte drive has been OEM'd by IBM. That means the firmware is from IBM. The SCSI INQUIRY command returns
I'm running linux 2.0.29 with an NCR53C825 based SCSI adapter
- I tried `mt' command to try to skip over.
- I tried to send the SCSI SPACE command from a C program
and tried to set Exabyte Vendor Unique bits
- It seems the problem is really due to the fact that the
first part of the tape (the one supposed to carry a `BOM'
mark) is missing.