Are old SCSI tape drives not all created equal?

Phil Blundell pb at
Wed Aug 17 17:42:52 CDT 2016

On Wed, 2016-08-17 at 16:59 -0500, js at wrote:
> Hi, Chuck.  Excellent question -- and they do respond per your minimum, but beyond that, I'm not sure.

What device type do they report to IDENTIFY?  There were some early tape
drives which presented as direct-access (not sequential-access, which
was more conventional for tape drives) and could be used as though they
were extremely slow hard disks.


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