Mag Tapes was RE: Got Videotrax card working

Nico de Jong nico at FARUMDATA.DK
Mon Mar 14 10:07:32 CST 2005

From: "Paul Koning" <pkoning at>
To: <cctalk at>
Sent: Monday, March 14, 2005 3:54 PM
Subject: Re: Mag Tapes was RE: Got Videotrax card working

> >>>>> "Joe" == Joe R <rigdonj at> writes:
>  Joe> At 11:14 PM 3/12/05 -0500, James Fogg wrote:
>  >>  Over the years I've learned to never trust tape of any kind.
>  Joe> That's been my experience. I've never been able to get a tape
>  Joe> backup that worked. That includes brand new ones, DATs and
>  Joe> everything else. I know tapes have been a mainstay in the
>  Joe> computer field but I've had nothing but trouble with them.
> My view is that there are PC class tapes and real tapes.  .
> The most obvious nasty example of PC class tapes
> are QIC cartridges.  DAT is similar -- those are miniature video
> tapes, forced into pretending to be data tapes.

I couldnt agree more. QIC-80 (including Travan) and QIC-2000 are a
nightmare. The same goes for DAT
Reel-to-reel and 3480/3490 are the best I've worked with, closely followed
by DC600.
The reason (for me) that DC600 is second best, is that the error recovery is
much easier


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