Source for TK50 Compactapes?
Mr Ian Primus
ian_primus at yahoo.com
Wed Aug 15 07:45:48 CDT 2007
--- Josh Dersch <derschjo at msu.edu> wrote:
> Can anyone recommend a good source for Compactapes
> for a TK50? With all
> this talk of TK50s & DLT tapes I'm reminded that I
> have a PDP 11/83 and
> a MicroVAX 2000 that I'd like to write some OS tapes
> for, but lack
> media... I see a few for sale here and there on
> eBay but I'm not sure I
> want to go that route yet...
Yeah, me too :). I have two TK50 cartridges, one of
which isn't in great shape (found jammed in a drive).
I have done some testing, and guess what - DLTIII
cartridges DON'T work in TK50 drives. Of course, the
media is different by a factor of three or more in
terms of coercivity, but, just in case anyone was
One thing I was wondering - open reel 9 track tape
seems to be pretty close in terms of orsted rating to
the TK50 cartridges. I have contemplated taking this
one half-reel of magtape I have (got eaten in the
TU81. Bad drive.) and spooling some into a dud DLTIV
cartridge shell (modifying it to fit in the TK50, of
course). Anyone tried this?
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