Any 7 track drives available?

Curious Marc curiousmarc3 at
Sun Jul 9 16:16:27 CDT 2017

We could try to read them off the IBM 1401 7-track. But you'd have to send the tapes over here, can't send the computer ;-). Contact me offline of interested.

On Jul 7, 2017, at 5:20 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:

> On 07/07/2017 04:39 PM, Al Kossow via cctalk wrote:
> Can you come up with any HP 7970 drives?
> I have spare 7/9 track read-only combo head stacks
> Don't know of how much time you want to spend on it


I don't know, Al.  I've got 6 tapes in a batch of 50 that are 7/556 and
are labeled with "Lunar Orbiter" labels.  I suspect that all 5 missions
are covered, but I don't know if I want to even submit a bid on getting
these read.  These are all from the JPL warehouse.  Probably just
digital survey data, but who knows?

The remainder are all late 70s and 80s 9 track.   But these are 66-69

Suggestions on how to proceed would be appreciated.


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