Recovering data from 4mm and 8mm tapes

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Mon Mar 23 22:53:58 CDT 2015

On 03/23/2015 06:38 PM, Roe Peterson wrote:
> Actually, with DDS tapes, you can generally write one gen back and read two.  So, a DDS3 drive can read DDS1 and write DDS2.

It really depends.  Not all HP DDS3 drives will read DDS1--or so HP claims.

So, it's still best to check beforehand.  Or do what I do--keep a mess 
of DDS drives of as many kinds as you need.  Nowadays, nobody wants the 
older ones much, so they can be had fairly inexpensively.


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