Help reading a 9 track tape

Jon Elson elson at
Thu Aug 5 13:20:18 CDT 2021

On 8/4/21 4:14 PM, Chuck Guzis via cctalk wrote:
> 5) Forget using a streamer--they're just not suited to dealing with
> fragile tape.

I may differ on this one.  CDC Keystone (92181 and 92185) 
drives are really gentle on tape.

They have air bearing "hubs" that the tape wraps over, and 
nothing but the tape head and cleaner blades touch the oxide 
side of the tape.  But, they can still suffer from tape 
sticking to the heads.

I agree that some other streamers like Digi-Data were pretty 
horrible contraptions.


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