YouTube channel MidWest Technical

We have just reached 500 YouTube subscribers to our YouTube Channel, repairmytapedrive Our YouTube videos have had a total of 246,256 views and 9,490 Watch Time (hours). We cover subjects such as; how to remove a stuck tape, how to replace a picker assembly and how to keep your tape drive in good health. The…

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A Note on Tape Age and Wear: Media tapes commonly have a long shelf life. Their ability as a cold storage media is one of the major reasons people pick tapes. Often, tapes are written over, and over again. This can affect them mechanically. Luckily MWTS can read the small RFID chip on each tape…

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Dirty tape drive head

We would like to share with you another response to a customer’s question about using the correct tape media for your tape drive. Our response to why the media you use in your tape drive matters: You can see from this picture of your head, all of the debris that has been deposited.  The debris…

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LTO7 BaFe Media

Our customers often do not know the difference between Metal Particulate (MP) and Barium Ferrite (BaFe) media.  Here is an example of our correspondence with a recent customer.  We explain why you should use the appropriate media for your tape drive and the issues it could cause. From Customer: Thanks for repairing my LTO 7…

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Questions about repair

You just installed a tape drive that you had repaired. Soon after,the repaired tape drive fails. Why? Referring to one email we received from a customer: “However, the LTO5 that was manually cleaned has not changed behavior from before we sent it out.  It runs for 3-8 hours, then throws a generic “read/write error.”  It…

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Introduction: My name is Dan Szewczyk and I am going to share a little with you about how MidWest Techncial Sales, Inc. (MWTSS) came into existence and how we acquired a stellar reputation that still exists today. As a young man with intense interests in mechanical and electrical projects, it only seems natural that I…

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