Big IBM vacuum-column tapes drives on Ebay

From: Mike Kenzie <>
Date: Tue Sep 21 21:37:10 2004

On Tuesday 21 September 2004 22:21, William Donzelli wrote:
> > 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.

My former shop is scheduled to retire a bunch of 3390's at the end of this
year. But they said that last year too and the conversion hasn't been
going too well.

> 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

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