Destructive Imaging of DECTAPE II Media

Christian Corti cc at
Thu Jan 29 03:56:21 CST 2015

On Wed, 28 Jan 2015, Al  Kossow wrote:
> On 1/28/15 8:37 AM, Mark J. Blair wrote:
>> I found the older posts about band installation and about restoring 
>> stretched bands with hot water. I do not recall, however, whether anybody 
>> has posted about successfully unsticking the band from the tape media 
>> without stripping oxide. That's something I'd sure like to know about!
> has an interesting 
> discussion of the problems of recovering DC-100 tapes but doesn't 
> mention unsticking the tape. I'll keep digging. I suspect it will be 
> wetting the band at the point of contact with the tape. I'm guessing the

It's simple: heat.
I heat the belt with the radiation from a halogen lamp (or other light 
bulb that emits enough heat). But I suppose that the first couple of 
minutes of a tape baking session will also do it.


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