Exabyte 8200 vs. 8205

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Fri Apr 18 13:06:38 CDT 2008

Ah, no biggie--I have other Exabyte drives that will handle 8205 
tapes.  The 8200 that I have isn't a bare drive--it's in a 
"Contemporary Cybernetics" external box, complete with linear PSU and 
2-line LCD display.  The display seems to be controlled by what looks 
to be an 8051 connected via a 3-wire cable to the drive.  It's 
interesting--lets you know, for example, how much tape you have left 
as you're writing, how many MB you've written and the current 

However, on the subject of compression and 8200/8500 drives, I found 
the following thread on the Sun Managers list from 1992:


which mentions external third-party compression modules for the 
Exabytes.  This is the first time I've heard of this--does anyone 
know anything about it?  Nothing like being 16 years behind the time. 


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