WTB /WTT DEC TZ30 and/or 1/2" open reel SCSI magtape drives

Glen Slick glen.slick at gmail.com
Tue Jun 9 17:44:21 CDT 2015

On Tue, Jun 9, 2015 at 3:15 PM, Mark J. Blair <nf6x at nf6x.net> wrote:
> In order to be able to move data between my vintage and modern computers more effectively, I am looking for one or both of these items:
> 2) 1/2" open reel magtape drive with SCSI interface. Preferably with 6250 BPI capability.  Doesn't need to be fast or fancy; just needs to be working-ish.

An alternative would be to look for a cheap Fujitsu M2444AC tape drive
(often seen with Sun badges). They have Pertec interfaces, but it is
probably easier and cheaper most of the time to find a Pertec tape
drive interface for a DEC system than a SCSI interface, and they can
be interfaced to ISA bus PCs. They are built like tanks and weigh
around 200 pounds, which is why they can sometimes be had for cheap if
you find one within driving distance because no one would want to pay
to ship one.

You don't do eBay any more, and asking over $300 is way to much, but
here is what the look like for reference:
I have picked up a couple in the $50-$100 range.

Maybe you can find one on a somewhat local Craigslist page for cheap.

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