Tek 405x tape drives
aek at bitsavers.org
Fri Nov 9 12:09:52 CST 2007
> I have a drive and controller that Don Maslin gave me supposedly from
> a Tek terminal of some sort. It's a Wangtek drive and a like-sized
> controller board with an 8085 on it. Interfaces on both ends are 50
> conductor--if the computer side was something like SASI, it wouldn't
> surprise me--I've never had to use it. The pinch roller in the drive
> is in pretty bad shape now, though that could be dealt with without
> too much trouble, I imagine. I wonder if the drive-side interface
> isn't QIC-36, which would mean that there are PC-based controllers
> available for it.
The tape drive in a 405x predates QIC. The head is fixed in place and
uses one track for clock and one for data. It is more similar to digital
cassettes than the later QIC drives.
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