Are old SCSI tape drives not all created equal?

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Sun Aug 21 20:12:36 CDT 2016

On 08/21/2016 05:49 PM, Al Kossow wrote:
> I know it's true for the full height. I've had dozens of dead ones 
> because of that. I just picked up an 8705 yesterday, will open it up 
> and also check a 8505
> Chuck, I've not had many problems with Exabyte media. DAT on the
> other hand has been problematic.
> I just got a box of 8mm unix backups that weren't stored well. We'll
> see how they do.

I've got a few of the beasts, mostly full-height, but my best luck to
date has been using the cheapie 8700--the top-loading unit with the
external power brick  (reminds me of the first Sony CD-ROM decks).

I don't know why.


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