Tape Drive Repair

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DAT/DDS Tape Drive Repair

DDS format - Digital Data Storage
DAT format – Digital Audio Tape
DDS technology evolved from DAT technology.  DAT technology was created for audio recording applications.  In 1989, Sony and HP defined DDS format for data storage using DAT 4mm tape cartridges.

4mm DDS5 DAT72 36/72GB
4mm DDS4 DAT40 20/40GB
4mm DDS3 DAT24 12/24GB
4mm DDS2 DAT8 4/8GB
4mm DDS1 DAT4 2/4GB
8mm DAT160 80/160GB
8mm DAT320 160/320GB

DDS/DAT Recommendation:  A DDS tape cartridge should be replaced after 100 full backups or 2000 passes.  The DDS tape drive should be cleaned every 24 hours with a cleaning tape and discard cleaning tape after 30 cleanings.
NOTE:  If you have a Fire Wire, SAS or SCSI interface, it makes no difference to us ,we repair all of them.  We started with the 1.2GB tape drives and progressed to the 160GB tape drives over the years.  We have extensive experience for the entire product line. 
Just in case you wondered:  Yes, we use oscilloscopes for tape guide alignment off the RF module on the tape path as it relates to the tape drive head alignment.  Feel  free to ask our competitors if they do the same:  I suspect the answer will be a long pause, if they do answer, ask them which pin they use for testing on the RF module and what wave form they look for on the oscilloscope.  I will guarantee the answer you receive will allow you to make the decision to send your drive into Midwest Technical Sales for repair.

MidWest Technical offers:

·         3 – 5 day standard repair turnaround

·         24 hour repair expediting or advanced replacements

·         No-cost repair evaluation

·         Free phone support

·         6 month warranty

Repairs include internal cleaning, preventative maintenance, adjustments to manufacturer specifications and testing.

If you have any questions about DAT/DDS tape drive or autoloader repair, call us at 1-888-822-TAPE(8273) or complete RMA Repair Request form.  Thank you for visiting Midwest Technical, the GO TO PEOPLE, in the tape drive repair marketplace.  We are the most versatile data storage specialists in the industry.

Compaq, Dell, HP, Quantum

DAT DDS Tape Drive Repair

DAT/DDS Tape Drive Repair


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