archive file format exmaple

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Thu Aug 12 16:59:15 2004

On Thu, 12 Aug 2004, Steve Thatcher wrote:

> I agree in all what Hans had to say except for how data would be stored.
> This is supposed to be an archive format which would in my view preclude
> getting data from the outside world. My only other concern as I have
> stated before was that data should not be an integral part of the media.
> If a device happens to be a tape drive, the data on the tape still
> separates into "file" type data and overhead data required for the tape
> physical format. Enbedding the "file" tyupe data inside of the physical
> format makes the data inaccessible without special knowledge.


What if you don't know what a tape you are archiving contains in the first
place? What if you just want to preserve it in case someone else in the
future can figure it out?

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