Magnetic tape filesystem
jws at jwsss.com
Sun Feb 8 20:54:06 CST 2015
On 2/8/2015 6:28 PM, jwsmobile wrote:
> 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
>>>> 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.
> 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.
Following up with a link to some book with a reference about AMOS tape
Not sure how to get this mangled mess thru to people from the google
books link, but here is the search and the book reference:
alpha micro tape backup
"Encyclopedia of Microcomputers: Volume 1 - Access Methods to Assembly
Language and Assemblers", Allen Kent, James G. Williams October 1, 1987
And a monument to the ridiculous way that books are priced, CRC
publishing wants $306.90US for a copy.
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