Rescue of data from Pioneer 10 & 11 tapes at JPL needed. Vintagecomputers slated for demolition.
Dwight K. Elvey
dwight.elvey at amd.com
Wed Jun 8 13:00:10 CDT 2005
>From: "Nico de Jong" <nico at FARUMDATA.DK>
>Subject: Rescue of data from Pioneer 10 & 11 tapes at JPL needed.
>> Unfortunately, this data is stored on hundreds of ancient
>> nine-track tapes
>> Are there any list members interested in assisting in the transfer
>> of this data to "more modern media"?
>Yep, I make my living from projects like that.
>It will not be a problem to copy the data; but I dont have the foggiest idea
>whether the data is "decodeable". The best way to save the data, is to get a
>copy of the program which wrote the data in the first place. I have the
>funny feeling that the data is written in _huge_ blocks.
Two things needed, a tape drive and something to interpret
the data. Many times, important information about the
data is external to the recorded data on the tape.
Like pdf or zip files, I suspect that some pieces may
be missing to recover the information. I doubt that
the major issue is the obsolete computer.
Those doing archives might take note!
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