|Re: Help repairing a Digital Cassette Tape|
Message #2 Posted by Victor Koechli on 19 Nov 2003, 2:09 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by Philip
Hmmm, I've never had to repair one (so far). I can't think of any other means than splicing the tape, just like an ordinary audio cassette (you know, that rectangular pre-CD-thing that could not even handle MP3 ;-))). I can think of two problems:
- If the tape is broken at the beginning, there is an index hole in the tape that the drive can 'see' with an optical sensor (there's a little mirror in the cassette for this purpose). Be sure not to obscure this hole, or to make a new one, if you have to cut it out.
- I don't know how much of the tape's total length you can cut out before running into problems. My guess is that the INITIALIZE command assumes a fixed tape length to hold a fixed number of records. Therefore, cut out as little tape as you can, but as much as necessary in order to avoid defective records.
As your tape is broken, you probably have no alternative than trying to splice it anyway. Good luck, and keep us informed.
PS If you want, I can have a look into the drive's manual once I get home. This will only be in 10 hours, however (I just got to work...)