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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by drafter, Jan 14, 2004.

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  1. drafter

    drafter Thread Starter

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    I have an Onstream SC-30 Tape drive and I will be darned if I can find some head cleaning software for this. By the way I have win 2000. Will any software work for this and if so does anyone now where I can download this type of software.

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  2. bonkers

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    Just put a little rubbing alcohol on a Q tip and wipe the heads, rollers and guides. Don't do this on video tape heads.
     
  3. dustyjay

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    Be careful when you use alcohol on any rubber rollers. as this is a drying agent. If you create a hard surface on the rubber rollers they will not properly grip the tape and can cause slipping. Also do not use any oil or soap based cleaner on the rubber rollers. A cotton swab dampened with alcohol is sufficient.
     
  4. bonkers

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    Thanks for the help dustyjay. When I said rollers, I should have specified metal rollers which is what I was thinking of.
     
  5. JohnWill

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    Actually, I used to clean the rollers of tape drives with water, not any cleaning solvent. Most cleaning solvents will dry out rubber rollers if used frequently. I've retired my last tape drive, so I don't get practice at cleaning them much anymore. :)
     
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