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Tape Drive Doesn't Recognize End of Tape

Article ID: 107699

Article Last Modified on 10/31/2006


  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 3.1
  • Microsoft Windows NT Advanced Server 3.1

This article was previously published under Q107699


A tape drive doesn't recognize the end of tape (EOT) marker and as a result, it pulls the tape ribbon out of the reel.


The tape drive has a light sensor to detect the EOT marker. If the light sensor is dirty or damaged, the EOT marker may not be recognized.


If the light sensor is dirty, clean it by following the maintenance procedure recommended by the manufacturer.

Archive, Colorado, IOmega and Wangtek tape drives are known to use light sensors to detect the EOT marker.

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