cleaning QIC?

From: Clint Wolff <>
Date: Mon Jan 1 18:54:41 2001

Whatever chemical you choose to clean the tape with, I'd recommend
testing on an identical spare tape... This will allow you to
fine tune how much rubbing force, you can use, and see if the
chemical releases the oxide...


On Mon, 1 Jan 2001, r. 'bear' stricklin wrote:

> I need to repair a partially torn tape, and remove some sticky gunk from
> the media itself. Hopefully I'll be able to do this in a way that will
> allow me to read the tape one last time to get an image of the data.
> This particular tape got gooed up in a tape drive which had a decayed
> capstan. It didn't get gooed up too badly, but it looks like it was enough
> to cause a headache.
> I was able to clean the goo off the cassette mechanics by using a nr. 7
> X-Acto blade dipped in alcohol. All went well with that.
> When I tried to read the tape to make an image, it progressed to a certain
> point on the tape and gave up. Examining the tape revealed the following
> defects:
> * traces of capstan goo
> * a small, ca. 1/16" tear in the tape
> I'm assuming I can use some splicing tape on the tear, but what can I use
> to clean the goo off the tape? Alcohol worked well on the cassette, but
> I've heard that it can cause the oxide to separate from the substrate if
> used on the tape itself.
> Any suggestions or speculations on my chances of succeeding would be
> appreciated. I'm in a bit of a bind.
> ok
> r.
Received on Mon Jan 01 2001 - 18:54:41 GMT

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