Alcohol and tape drive cleaning

From: Bill Pechter <>
Date: Tue Jul 11 19:49:21 2000

> wrote:
> > There *are* some parts on tape drives that aren't supposed to be
> > cleaned with alcohol. Some rollers and vacuum column sensors fall
> > into this category.
> Maybe some vacuum columns too. HP OEM'd an STC drive (to get a
> 6250bpi drive to market in a hurry) and called it the HP7976. The HP
> CE-supplied rumor back in the day was that alcohol would loosen the
> glue that held all those tiny glass beads to the walls of the vacuum
> columns!
> -Frank McConnell

This was true on the DEC drives as well.

The glass bead tape used an alcohol soluble glue...

A little iso occasionally was supposed to be ok... but be really careful
with the stuff.

Replacing the glass-bead tape was quite fun...


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