8 mm tapes

Steven Hirsch snhirsch at gmail.com
Thu Sep 23 16:57:45 CDT 2010

On Thu, 23 Sep 2010, Dave McGuire wrote:

> On 9/23/10 12:32 AM, dwight elvey wrote:
>>   I've added a scsi tape drive to my collection. I hope to use
>> it with my Sparcbook. It is a Sun box with a sticker on it saying
>> that it is a EXB-8500C drive. Do I need special 8mm tapes
>> with it? How do I know what tapes will work with it?
>> I've never dealt with these drives before.
>  The 8200 (2.3GB) could use standard video tapes, but the 8500 (5GB) 
> requires data tapes.  I tried video tapes in the 8500 when it came out, but 
> the error rates were horrendous.

And, I don't want to dump cold water on anyone's backup plans, but I've 
found the 8mm DAT drives are by far the least reliable of any tape 
system ever used here.  Not necessarily in terms of data integrity, but in 
terms of the _&)(*^^ drive itself dropping dead or developing problems.

Probably threw a half dozen of them away in the past ten years.  I have 
two working that I keep around only for laughs and data recovery.



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