Are DEC TK50/TK70 tapes worth hanging onto?

Mark Wickens mark at
Wed Oct 19 02:46:26 CDT 2016

>From a preservation perspective the best option would be to list the tape
labels. I have a friend with an extensive backup collection not yet on
bitsavers who could identify if anything I'd unique. You might find there
are only a couple not yet archived.

Thanks Mark

On 19 Oct 2016 01:48, "Adrian Stoness" <tdk.knight at> wrote:

> Don't store ur tapes in a damp basement will help with sticky shed
> syndrom... Keep em dry a food dehydrator helps...
> On Oct 18, 2016 7:46 PM, "Al Kossow" <aek at> wrote:
> On 10/18/16 5:37 PM, Steven M Jones wrote:
> > I think they're useful to folks who have drives that can use them, and
> > they aren't nearly as fragile as QIC or helical scan drives (4mm, 8mm)
> > of a similar age.
> >
> The drives, maybe, but the tape sheds like nuts.

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