9-Track Magtape data Recovery Technique (Last Ditch!)

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Thu Jun 14 15:43:31 2001

On Thu, 14 Jun 2001, Douglas Quebbeman wrote:

> I thought judicious cleaning of the tape head might
> help. I kept trying, no luck. Then I started to drink.
> As the alcohol took affect, I got a wild idea. My
> drive is a Cipher F880 streamer. You can slide it
> out of the rack tray, and if you enter the right
> sequence of button presses, you can unlock the
> front door, and even better, the top lid, which
> provides access to the tape path during operation.
> Has anyone else ever tried this? I know what you're
> thinking, flaky jerk, getting drunk and burning up
> vintage hardware. But it worked! I spent a few hours
> looking at the files to make sure they were intact;
> they were. I transferred some of them, but not all,
> as I don't have a transfer program to get stuff off
> the Prime right now (other than to simply list it
> and capture the listing).

Some of my finest thoughts have come from under the influence of a fine
alcoholic beverage. Also, some of my worst. But the benefits of the good
thoughts far outweigh the bad :)

I commend you on "thinking outside the box" ;)

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
Received on Thu Jun 14 2001 - 15:43:31 BST

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