Introduction And Questions About Media Preservation "Mostly Dec Stuff"
fsmith at ladylinux.com
Mon Mar 12 20:07:35 CDT 2007
I been lurking here for a while and figure I come out of my shell to say hi and
say how much I love reading most all the posts here.
Now as to my question/questions and or dilemma.
I have a bunch of old media. RK05's , RK06's, RL02's, RL01's , 8 Inch Floppies,
RX50 Floppies , 9 track tapes among other things.
Now before I run off and do something real stupid (Like damage the media by not
properly handling it when archiving off) I figured I ask some advice.
I know all about Bitsavers "Al Kassow I am so sorry but I bid up against you a
few times and now that I have gotten to know you by lurking here It won't happen
again." Bitsavers is a awesome resource and yours and others efforts there are
VERY much appreciated and admired from my lil corner of the world.
I have some sentimental attachment to some of this media as in its from my "PDP"
days of the late 70's and 80's. But most of this stuff I just rescued. Lots of
it has actual Dec Labels indicating multiple versions of RT11, RSX11, Older Vms
To get this stuff out there for all of you. What should I do ?? Put up a list
with my best guess of the contents and see if anyone will help me and all of you
out by getting the bits off the platters/media for people for years and years to
Or is this stuff so garden variety that I should just hook up my 11/34 , 11/73
and Microvax and get busy pulling off the bits and bytes before they become star
dust or whatever old magnetic bits and bytes go to when they vanish from the
I don't have everything in place to read off all this stuff yet. I am having a
dickens of a time getting someone to send me a BA23 I won on E-Pay so I can put
together franken pdp (11/73 from many parts :-)) And I certainly don't have a
RK06 laying around and or controller for example.
All I ask is that anyone taking any of this media understand that some of it I
want back after analysis and in every case if anything valuable turns up that it
be posted publically.
Sorry for the long winded post. Had a lot to say I been holding back now for
I won't even touch on my piles of documentation that I need to start scanning in
this post. Perhaps in the future :-)
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