Burroughs BU4400 tape drive. What is it?

Chuck Guzis cclist at sydex.com
Tue Apr 2 01:46:21 CDT 2019

Judging from the controls and lack of mechanical buffering, I'd
pronounce this to be a tape verifier, or possibly a cleaner.  The "half
cycle" and "slow" are clues.


On 4/1/19 9:42 PM, Mike van Bokhoven via cctalk wrote:
> Hi all,
> I just bought this Burroughs BU4400 tape drive:
> https://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=1999913439
> As the seller says, Google comes up empty. Seems strange, I would have
> expected some reference somewhere. Does anyone know anything about it?
> I'm going to pick it up this evening. It'd be superb as a display piece,
> but I'd be really keen to drive it with something and get it reading and
> writing.
> On that topic, are there any suggestions on how I could get my hands on
> a few tapes, preferably with a format this drive can read? The actual
> contents aren't important; even blanks would be OK, though not being
> able to get it reading before moving on to writing would make the
> project more difficult.
> Cheers,
> Mike

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