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

Johnny Billquist bqt at update.uu.se
Tue Jun 9 19:20:00 CDT 2015

On 2015-06-10 00:59, Mark J. Blair wrote:
>> On Jun 9, 2015, at 15:44 , Glen Slick <glen.slick at gmail.com> wrote:
>> 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.
> I'm looking for a SCSI interfaced drive so I can hook it up to my Sun Ultra 60, running Solaris 8. I don't run any ISA bus machines other than a 5155 Portable PC and a very crappy old 386 box dedicated to running ImageDisk, and my Sun would be much easier to use for this purpose, I think. It's also just new enough that it's not hard to get it talking to my current machines over the network, so it makes a nice bridge machine.
> I already have a magtape drive on my VAX, and was pleased to see it pass the diagnostic tests this weekend. It's a TU80. It hooks up to my VAX with a couple of 50-pin connectors... Hmm, maybe it has a Pertec interface, so another option might be to find a Pertec to SCSI adapter and use the same drive on multiple systems?

Just fyi: the TU80 is 1600 bpi only.


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