In search of... DECtape drives

From: Vintage Computer Festival <>
Date: Mon Oct 4 20:50:35 2004

On Mon, 4 Oct 2004, Paul Koning wrote:

> >>>>> "Tom" == Tom Jennings <> writes:
> Tom> On Mon, 4 Oct 2004, Paul Koning wrote:
> >> Nope. DECtape is 3/4 inch wide, 10 tracks, block oriented, random
> >> access. It is nothing like anything else (except LincTape). It's
> >> the world's first streaming tape, and also the most reliable tape
> >> ever made.
> Tom> ANd that last might not even be an exaggeration :-)
> In college, we used DECtapes for the "open to all" file storage. We
> had more free space there than on disk... For that application, we
> actually managed to wear out tapes to the point that they became
> unreadable, much to the surprise of an ex-DEC employee who came to
> work at the college. He had never heard of such a thing.
> On the other hand, he or one of his friends once put some pants in the
> laundry, only to discover afterwards that one of them had a DECtape in
> the pocket. That tape still worked just fine afterwards.

A modern day equivalent tale:

I once washed a pair of jeans with one of my SmartMedia cards in it. It
came out just fine (with all the photos it had stored on it). Not
terribly surprising though.

Sellam Ismail                                        Vintage Computer Festival
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