Tape backup unit: Any clues?

From: Anthony Eros <Anthony.Eros_at_digital.com>
Date: Sat Nov 15 12:26:02 1997

I've heard of these before, a large chemical company headquartered where I live used these to back up engineering data. There was some senior management concern raised though over the format -- "We've got to keep these under tight control. If they fall into the wrong hands, our competition might put them into a VCR and look at our data."

I kid you not...

-- Tony

From: Bruce Lane[SMTP:kyrrin2_at_wizards.net]
Sent: Saturday, November 15, 1997 12:52 PM
To: Discussion re-collecting of classic computers
Subject: Tape backup unit: Any clues?

Hi, folks,

        Came across an interesting find recently. Manufactured by Digi-Data
Corporation, out of Maryland (yes, they are still around), it's a
Pertec-interface TBU that uses, of all things, a VHS cassette mechanism to
back up as much as 2 gigabytes to a normal T120 VHS tape.

        Darndest thing I've seen this year! I've spoken to Digi-Data already, and
it is still possible to get a manual for the thing (you better believe I'll
be doing so!), so I intend to put it to good use.

        I'm just curious if anyone else has crossed paths with this unit. It's
called a 'Gigastore.'

Bruce Lane, Sysop, The Dragon's Cave BBS (Fidonet 1:343/272)
(Hamateur: WD6EOS) (E-mail: kyrrin2_at_wizards.net)
"Our science can only describe an object, event, or living thing in our own
human terms. It cannot, in any way, define any of them..."
Received on Sat Nov 15 1997 - 12:26:02 GMT

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