Rover I portable: Does it exist?

From: Chandra Bajpai <>
Date: Thu Apr 20 06:39:39 2000

The product was called 'Exatron Stringy Floppy'...I think Exatron
actually developed/manufactured the technology. They were advertised
heavily in TRS-80 magazines like 80 Micro.

I inherited two of the ESF drives and a lot of wafers with my last
TRS-80....Are they that rare? Worth anything?


-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Richard Erlacher
Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 7:43 PM
Subject: Re: Rover I portable: Does it exist?

These things didn't have a long market life. Yes, they were available for
at least a year. I remember ads in BYTE. These were EPSON devices, weren't
they? Radio Shack was involved with them somehow.

----- Original Message -----
From: David Vohs <>
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Sent: Wednesday, April 19, 2000 4:48 PM
Subject: Rover I portable: Does it exist?

> I recently read about an intresting old portable (luggable?) called the
> Rover I. This is an intresting machine because instead of using floppy
> drives like most portables, it uses wafertape drives (now *there's* a
> storage system that never really took off, but I have heard that they were
> reasonably popular on TRaSh-80's.)
> My question: What is it? Does it exist? Was it ever released?
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