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Leader retention method and device

Image Number 5 for United States Patent #8130465.

A tape drive for use with a tape cartridge having a cartridge leader includes a drive body, and a drive leader that is engageable with the cartridge leader and moveable with respect to the drive body. The tape drive further includes an engaging member that is engageable with a first portion of the drive leader and moveable with respect to the drive body for connecting the drive leader with the cartridge leader of the tape cartridge. The tape drive also includes a retention feature that is engageable with a second portion of the drive leader for inhibiting disengagement of the drive leader from the engaging member, wherein the second portion of the drive leader is different than the first portion.

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