One of the most notoriously unreliable components in a computer system is a tape drive. Usual failures include breaking and eating tapes. This frequently causes the tape drive to become Shot.
The following is a picture of a tape drive retired from service, reportedly not Shot.
My general opinion is that most tape drives should be considered Shot long before they leave the factory. Tape drives have caused nearly as much frustration in my experience as the hard drives they purport to back up. For this reason, I was anxious to test the tape drive to see whether or not it was Shot.
Using our rigorous testing procedures, we determined that the drive was ultimately shot. Here is a picture of the test results, for the record.
Additional testing was deemed to be counter-productive.
Lesson 7: Is my Monitor Shot??
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