9-Track 1/2" Tape Drive Recommendations?
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Sat Aug 22 00:20:40 CDT 2015
> The other big difference in later drives is if they were 'streaming' or
> not. What that means is the tape is expected to roll continously
> (stream) as opposed to being able to quickly stop between records.
Most of the units out there, short of the floor standing ones and the
original IBM drives, are streamers, correct?
> The motors also don't have much torque compared to the servo
> motors of the old drives, which can be an issue if there is much shed
> coming off the tape.
Does this mainly apply to older tape? If I was using new tape would this be
something of a concern?
> HP 88780s are nice front loading drives that can be found with
> 800/1600/6250 and Pertec or SCSI interfaces. Another one I've used is
> the Kennedy 9610, the M4/Storagetek 9614, and the later model
I've seen the 88780s in action and they are nicely built units. The Kennedy
9610 also seems very nice but the two on eBay are priced way out of my
>Each has their quirks especially when dealing with poor
> condition tape. I have a couple of Fuji 24xx series, but never made any
> use of them since I don't normally use anything that just has a
> formatted Pertec interface.
This answers my question indirectly.
> It all depends on how much use you are really going to make of it, and
> the condition of your media. A low-end Qualstar would be OK for light
> duty use.
Thanks for the recs and the info. As I said originally this would be more
for me to play with than to do any mission critical work. I would be using
it on a PC system as a demonstration for the kids and maybe even for routine
backup just because I can. Having said that I would like a solid unit that
would last and req. minimal maintenance. I am okay with a rack system or a
tabletop. The rack obviously would have the more retro feel but the
tabletops are easier to manage. Ultimately I think it will come down to what
I can find and at what price point.
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