Magnetic tape filesystem

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Sun Feb 8 20:28:33 CST 2015

On 2/8/2015 6:03 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 02/08/2015 05:50 PM, Jules Richardson wrote:
>> On 02/08/2015 07:18 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>>> Magtape filesystems have been around since the 1950s at least, and
>>> possibly
>>> the 50s.
>> Wasn't there at least one which used good ol' VHS video tape as the
>> storage medium? And by good, I mean bad.
> Yeah, I had one of those--just an ISA card with some connectors. It 
> was S-L-O-W and not terribly reliable.  I don't recall who made it.
> --Chuck
Alpha Micro made a card that did backups to VHS.

Corvus had a thing called the bank, and I think they also had a gizmo to 
do the tape backup to video tape.  The Bank device was just a product 
they did for whatever reason.

I have a case of Bank tapes somewhere and a backup device.  The 
interface was a Corvus network connection.


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