Magnetic tape filesystem

Jon Elson elson at
Mon Feb 9 09:39:40 CST 2015

On 02/08/2015 07:50 PM, Jules Richardson wrote:
> On 02/08/2015 07:18 PM, Chuck Guzis wrote:
>> Magtape filesystems have been around since the 1950s at 
>> least, and possibly
>> the 50s.
> Wasn't there at least one which used good ol' VHS video 
> tape as the storage medium? And by good, I mean bad.
I picked up a Digi-Data VHS drive with Pertec formatted 
interface at a surplus
shop.  It ALMOST worked, but was pretty clear the heads were 
badly worn.
I did a couple backups with it, then it basically just 
stopped working at all,
went to infinite retries.


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