Obsolete media (was: Whats the screwiest thing you collect?)

From: Megan <mbg_at_world.std.com>
Date: Sun Nov 28 13:24:28 1999

>IMHO, it makes little sense to retain media for washing-machine-sized
>disk drives if you don't retain the drives and maintain them in order to
>retain the value of the media. Hindsight is always 20/20, but wouldn't
>it make sense to archive data/software on an archival medium, likely, we
>hope, to remain useable over time, rather than to store it on what's
>intended for on-line storage, and is likely to become obsolete within a
>couple of years of when it was developed?

Unless there is no equivalent... I've got the exact problem with the
DECsystem-10 I got earlier this year... it came with two RP06 drives.
They are 3-phase drives. We don't yet have three phase power (or a
close approximation of it), so cannot run the drives. Without the
drives, we cannot even load the microcode for the machine, so it is
a very large paper-weight.

I've been looking of a non-three-phase replacement for the drives, but
we still would need three-phase to get the data off the disks I have.

We have, however, been getting all the data off the tapes so as not
to lose it.

It would be great if there was a massbus interface for a more recent
tape drive, and the same for a disk... it would be neat to be able to
have a DAT tape acting like a TU77 or something supported by the machine,
and a couple of SCSI or even IDE disks acting as RM03 or RP06 disks...

(anyone know of any? Anyone up for the challenge of designing one?)

                                        Megan Gentry
                                        Former RT-11 Developer

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