THere were certain tape manufacturers and plastic/metal clip marks and wear
patters that were typical of certain types of drives reading certain types
of tapes. Maybe high resolution photos of a few used tapes will reveal
clues. A tape ejected 30 times will have certain patterns of wear in
certain places. I have lots of different types of tapes, I am happy to
compare your used tape photos with anything I might have that would be
Not a guaranteed solution, but it might help narrow down candidate systems.
On Fri, Dec 30, 2022 at 8:01 PM Chuck Guzis via cctalk <
On 12/30/22 12:17, John Herron via cctalk wrote:
This may be a larger conversation than I intend
but how would you all
generally start if you ha backup tapes that you wanted to try and
Supposedly they're Amiga qic tapes. I'm a little worried about the
structural integrity of the tapes. Not knowing what software was used,
would this be a literal job for something like tar via a Linux system?
see if I can interpret the dump and sort out
I might see if a local group wants to help play with this effort since I
think I only have 1 drive in unknown condition.
The tape substrate itself, being mylar, is very durable, but it's toast
if stretched. Most likely, the internal tension band has either gone
slack or has broken and should be replaced, or else tape tangles can
result. Most importantly, details are necessary (what kind of carts,
what drive manufacturer and model, etc.) There are lots of potential
variations. To be frank, I hate the damned stuff.
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