Copying tapes on a VT103?

From: Megan <>
Date: Sat Aug 17 10:26:00 2002

>The VT103 unit has two tape drives and I think you can copy from one to
>the other it just a matter of knowing the correct commands, hence the
>reason for this email. Therefore I would be most grateful for any
>suggestions you could suggest for the commands required to copy from
>drive 0 to drive 1, we have so far tried the following:
>Note :- RT11FB.SYS = Boot program (I think)

> TO: DD1

> TO? DD1
>The second method kicks up the following: - PIP-F-FILE NOT FOUND

If these are the commands as used verbatim, then it is looking for
a *file* by the name of DD0. You need to specify the device name,
so use 'DD0:'. (I'm surprised it didn't report the name of the file
it didn't find.) So, the command should be:

        COPY/SYS DD0: DD1:

Doing this, however, will not result in an optimized tape... it may
actually take a relatively long time to boot. I actually got a
TU58-based system to boot in as little as 30 seconds by judicious
placement of the system files. If you (or other people) are
interested, I could write it up...

                                        Megan Gentry
                                        Former RT-11 Developer

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