Recovering Memorex tapes
ljw-cctech at ljw.me.uk
Sat Jul 21 15:23:25 CDT 2007
At the recent BCS at 50 event, I spoke to Dr Jeremy John from the British
Library. He is their "Curator of Digital Manuscripts" and as everyone
here will know he has his work cut out trying to preserve and access the
documents they have.
He mentioned that they were having problems with a particular Memorex
tape. I think this is 9-track tape. It sounds like the binder has
failed, and the oxide is lifting off the tape. Apparently they've tried
heating it, but this hasn't improved things (I'm not sure how many tapes
they're dealing with).
I think the following is what they are dealing with:
Rather than ask for specific remedial suggestions here, can anyone
suggest companies or organisations in Britain which could deal with
this? I'll pass suggestions on, or if you think you can help directly
then I will put you in touch.
Lawrence Wilkinson lawrence at ljw.me.uk
The IBM 360/30 page http://www.ljw.me.uk/ibm360
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