TK50 cleaning and unloading issues, new thought:
robert.jarratt at ntlworld.com
Sun May 24 03:06:48 CDT 2020
To recover a TK50 What I do is run up the machine with the TK50 drive and mount the tape (not foreign), COPY the files to disk. Then I transfer the files to a SIMH machine and COPY them to a virtual tape (again not mounted foreign). Obviously the hard bit is getting a successful read of the TK50 tape.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: cctalk <cctalk-bounces at classiccmp.org> On Behalf Of Chris Zach via
> Sent: 24 May 2020 02:42
> To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
> Subject: Re: TK50 cleaning and unloading issues, new thought:
> Ok. Any way to suck data off them to an image file? I have some Vax 8600
> diagnostics, would hate to just toss.
> On 5/23/2020 9:10 PM, Al Kossow via cctalk wrote:
> > On 5/23/20 5:58 PM, Chris Zach via cctalk wrote:
> >> Tapes are shedding that much
> > yup, they are garbage.
> > high probability that you will make the first pass across the tape and
> > it will stick when it reverses direction for the second pass
> > the only TK drive I will even use is the TZ30 1/2 height because it is
> > easy to get to the tape path to clean
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