It's a ghetto hack, but a pencil with a hexagonal cross section is an easy tool to use for manually winding a tape. If you are getting some sticking, you can try freeing it manually by gently twisting the pencil inserted into the empty side. On Feb 14, 2012, at 15:46 , Ethan Dicks wrote: > On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 3:19 PM, Luke Crook <email@example.com> wrote: >> Some of my tapes are old and sticking. The three C2N's that I have >> are unable to turn the spindles at all. >> >> Has anyone else had this problem? Is there a solution? > > If the tapes are truly sticking, you probably have degraded binder and > may not be able to recover parts of those tapes. In the world of > 9-Track tape recovery, those are often baked to drive off adhesive > volatiles, then run *once* through a reconstructed digitizing tape > drive then the analog waveforms parsed because the oxide typically > falls off in hunks, never to be re-read. > > If you aren't having binder issues, one thing to do is to re-tension > the tape - run it from end to end in one pass to repack the tape > loosely. Be careful about the ending tension - some tape drives have > a stiff spring to click the tape off at the end. One thing that > breaks down over time is the leader/tape splice. You'll have a tape > that you now have to crack open to read. Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-02-15 00:00:03
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