Magnetic tape filesystem
leec2124 at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 09:29:15 CST 2015
The MCM/70, an 8008 based APL machine released in late 1974, used dual
cassette drives as mass storage and swapping device. An amazing engineering
feat for the time and technology. Worked well, albeit s-l-o-w-l-y.
On Mon, Feb 9, 2015 at 4:40 AM, Steven Hirsch <snhirsch at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sun, 8 Feb 2015, jwsmobile wrote:
> Alpha Micro made a card that did backups to VHS.
> I had one of those for ISA bus. Sellam bought it from me about ten years
> ago. Hope it didn't end up with the vultures who cleaned out his storage
> 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.
> The Bank used an oddball proprietary cartridge that operated in a
> continuous loop like an 8-track tape.
> I have three working (last time I checked) Bank drives and a number of
> 100MB capacity tapes. They also made a 200MB tape, but I've never been
> able to get my hands on one.
> A friend of mine once claimed that the Bank tape and transport was
> originally designed by Akai as their entry into the VCR market. If true,
> this would be the first analog video format I've ever heard of that
> switched tracks at the end the loop :-).
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