If you clean the read/write head first, and the swab is not
too discoloured, you may use the same swab to clean the
capstan. But if you clean the capstan first, you must not use
the same swab to clean the read/write head.
The SCSI QIC tape drive
You should clean the SCSI QIC tape drive after every 8 hours'
use, using the special cleaning kit available from your supplier.
Full instructions for cleaning are provided with this kit.
It is also advisable to clean the tape drive after the first use of
a new tape.
The SCSI DDS-DC tape drive
The read/write heads in the tape drive are protected during
normal operation by a built-in cleaning roller. In addition, a
special cleaning cassette is available from your supplier. This
cassette should be used:
Gently rub an alcohol-dampened swab against the
surface of the read/write head. If the swab becomes
too discoloured, use additional swabs until there is
no further discolouration.
Rub an alcohol-dampened swab against the surface of
the capstan using an up and down motion. Gently
rotate the capstan and continue rubbing until the
entire surface is clean.
Wait for at least one minute before using the tape
drive. This allows any residual alcohol to evaporate.
Every 25 operating hours.
When a media warning status is indicated.
Caring for your computer
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