Magnetic tape filesystem

jwsmobile jws at
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
>>>> 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.
> Jim
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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