HP 9877 Tape Memory /Duplicator was Re: 09877-10002

From: Vassilis Prevelakis <vp_at_mcs.drexel.edu>
Date: Sat Aug 2 00:28:00 2003

In cctalk-703, Joe <rigdonj_at_cfl.rr.com> wrote:
> The drive systems are widely available in the surplus market and are
> cheap. In fact, since you're a government agency you could get them for
> nothing from other government agencies that are surplussing them. I
> would recommend the HP 9121 S or D disk drives. They're small,
> reliable and use standard 720k 3.5" floppy disks. The S drive is a
> single drive and the D drives have two drives in them. I thnk you'll
> need one of the option ROMs in order to use the floppy dirves but those
> are also available surplus and again you could probably get all you
> need from other agencies for free. There are a LOT of 9825s out there.

I have talked with these guys as well and their problem is getting the
files off their last working tape.

james.clements_at_robins.af.mil wrote:
> Apparently there are some files that are protected some way. It will
> not allow us to copy all the files. Some copy fine others do not.

I didn't know you could have protected files in the 9825, but if they
have tried and failed, then we need to explore other ways of getting
these files off the tape.

So I was thinking, can another machine (e.g. HP 85) read 9825 tapes?
I think the tape mechanism is the same, but I am not sure about the
way data is organized on the tape.


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