Big IBM vacuum-column tapes drives on Ebay

From: William Donzelli <>
Date: Tue Sep 21 21:21:19 2004

> Two 3420 drives and 3803 controller, in Maine USA.

It seems that the last of the 1/2 inch tapes are finally coming out of
service in the mainframe shops. I have been noticing less and less of the
3420s in the scrapyards, and pretty soon, they will be gone. One things I
regret never acting on is a 3380/3880 DASD (that is hard disk in Big Blue)
system - they were very abundant in the scrap yards five years ago, but
now are basically not to be found.

I am happy that my 3420 setup popped up in Manhattan not far from me. The
whole deal worked out pretty well - they keep wanting me to come back and
take stuff, for free!

William Donzelli
Received on Tue Sep 21 2004 - 21:21:19 BST

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