unlabeled media

From: r. 'bear' stricklin <red_at_bears.org>
Date: Wed Dec 13 16:38:37 2000

Howdy folks. I've got a bit of a dilemma on my hands.

Included in my most recent rescue were a large number of 5.25" floppies
and data cassettes---on the order of perhaps a hundred to a hundred fifty
each. Only a handful of either are labeled in such a manner as to identify
the type of machine they work with.

It is safe to assume I have the hardware to use any of the media.

The possibilites include:

for 5.25" media: Apple II; Commodore VIC-20, C=64, or B128 (8050 drive);
                 Atari 8-bits; Heath H89A; OSI C1P; TRS-80 Model I

I'm assuming any hard-sectored media I find belongs to the Northstar

for data cassette: Apple II; Commodore VIC-20, or C=64; Atari 8-bits;
                   OSI C1P; TRS-80 Model I, or Color Computer; Tomy Tutor;
                   Coleco Adam; TI-99/4A; Spectravideo SVI 328

On top of this, there is the possibility that there are 'digital' data
tapes for the Meta-80 drive which works with the TRS-80. From what I can
tell, the cassettes are externally identical.

I could iteratively run the entire 'unknown' batch through each machine,
but it seems like the chance for error there is great, especially with the

Does anybody have any suggestions on how to do this so I end up with the
least chance of error and minimize any destruction of data?


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