On 11/9/22 20:52, Warner Losh via cctalk wrote:
I have a few old exabyte tapes of possible historic
value. Who can I pay to
get them recovered that has the best chance of success?
Very difficult. We were a big user of Exabyte drives for
processing of physics experimental data. Our experience is
Exabyte drives had a lifetime of 1-2 years, no matter if
they were powered on, in heavy use or just parked on a
shelf. Back in the day, we found outfits that would
refurbish and test the drives for a modest cost, but I
assume they are not doing that now.
I do have an 8200 drive here, but I have great doubts that
it would work.