Options for Installing a TF85 Drive

Ian King IanK at vulcan.com
Fri Oct 30 22:06:29 CDT 2009

Maybe I was lucky, but I didn't pay all that much for my VAX 4000/300, which is DSSI-based.  -- Ian 
From: cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org [cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org] On Behalf Of Glen Slick [glen.slick at gmail.com]
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Subject: Re: Options for Installing a TF85 Drive

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM, Rob Jarratt
<robert.jarratt at ntlworld.com> wrote:
> I was led to believe that a TF series drive might be able to read past a
> problematic part of a tape I have, and a TF85 has come up on eBay. The
> problem is that I do not have any DSSI-capable machine and I am not familiar
> with DSSI. I have a MicroVAX II and it seems I could use a KFQSA, but they
> seem quite expensive. I also have some VAXstation 3100s and MicroVAX 3100s,
> which are SCSI. Do I have any other options for installing the TF85?

A KFQSA M7769 isn't very expensive, at least in the US, if you find
one at the right time.  For example this one went for $25 with
bulkhead and terminators:


No idea though if that's the best path to start going down in your
ultimate goal of reading a problematic tape.

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