IBM 3480 DEC TKZ60 inquiry
elson at pico-systems.com
Sun Dec 17 23:52:15 CST 2017
On 12/17/2017 10:04 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
> Hi Folks,
> We've got a Canadian customer with what appears to be an IBM 3480
> cartridge that he'd like to get the data from. We don't get nearly
> enough request for these IBM carts to make owning a unit a viable
> I understand that the 3480 format was supported by a wide range of
> vendors, including DEC with the TKZ60/TKZ61.
> Anyone having one of these drive want to make some easy money?
> FWIW, the customer thinks that it's a lot older than it really is--he
> thinks this dates to the 1970s and the S/360, so some gentle advice may
> also be required.
There were several DIFFERENT formats used with these
standard tape cartridges. I have some old CDC Patriot tape
drives that did a serpentine single track at a time format
on a 3480-compatible tape. I don't think any DEC drive
supported the 18-tracks-wide IBM 3480 format. I think DEC's
drives were also serpentine. If they are really from an IBM
compatible system (really too late for 360, most likely 370
systems) then I think only an IBM-compatible drive would
read them. Wikipedia says the 3480 was introduced in 1984.
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