HP 2647A BASIC/AUTOPLOT47 and DEMO tape preservation

CuriousMarc curiousmarc3 at gmail.com
Tue Mar 7 02:06:17 CST 2017

I am interested. I have an HP 2647 with two restored tape drives, and have been looking for this exact tape set. I have some "new" Athana tapes. Step 1 would be to copy them to a new Athana master tape. Then step to could be to make copies available to the group. Step 3 would be to transfer them to an archive format, but in essence it's already been done by the hpmuseum (in 5.25" 2647 disc format, LIF I presume?). But I don't have that rare disc unit and interface card to connect it to the 2647 (if I had, I could indeed recreate the tapes). That said, I first need to work on step 0, which is lots of practicing recovering DC100 tapes reliably: baking them, changing the belt, cleaning the guides... Fortunately I have lots of DC100 tapes that I need to recover before touching yours. It might take me a couple month to get there. Contact me off list if you want.

> On Mar 6, 2017, at 1:12 PM, Dave via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
> Hello,
> I have a couple of HP 2647A tapes:  BASCI/AUTOPLOT47 and DEMO.   They look to be in good condition.  I have had them in a climate controlled lab since acquiring them as part of a sizeable lot of HP tapes last year.
> I am curious if there are any known good copies of these tapes out there.   Are these the same as (i.e., can be created from) the floppy images available on hpmuseum.net?
> If these are not already archived, I would be interested in preserving them.  I realize that reading tapes this old may be a "one-shot only" process, and I don't have the expertise or equipment to be able to archive these tapes.
> Is there anyone on this list with the interest and ability to archive these tapes and make the images available to the community in a useful format?
> Thanks,
> Dave

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