Yet another idea for recovering the data from Series80 tapes

Dwight K. Elvey dwight at
Mon Oct 31 10:50:06 CST 2005

>From: "Vassilis Prevelakis" <vp at>
>ard at (Tony Duell) wrote:...
>> Hmmm. I thought it was where the taps stuch to itself, or to the drive
>> belt, when the catridge was stored. In which case your idea might not
>> help much.
>Aha! There goes my original hypothesis. Well, that is relatively easy to
>check. I took apart two old tapes and found the following:
>Assuming that the tapes were rewound before storage, there are two
>stretches of weakened magnetic coating on both tapes I looked at; the first
>was short while the second longer. These correspond to the length of tape
>in contact with the drive belt

 It sounds like the belts should still have any data that was
on the tape for those stretches. Reading may be a little difficult
but the information is still in the magnetic media.

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