Need to know DDS drive used to write backup tapes

From: Fred N. van Kempen <>
Date: Thu Sep 30 12:49:35 2004

On Thu, 30 Sep 2004, Zane H. Healy wrote:

> > Zane> I'd much rather have to retrieve data from a TK50 than a 4mm or
> > Zane> a 8mm!
> >
> > Indeed, since DLT drives tend to have read compability going WAY
> > back. You may be able to read it on a current drive.
> >
> > paul
> Trust me, you can't. If you had a genuine DEC drive, up through something
> like a TK87 or TK88 can read TK50 and TK70 tapes, but the equivalent Quantum
> drives can't. Most of the drives we have now can no longer read DLT III
> tapes, and the ones we'll be recieving in our next Library can't read DLT IV
> tapes from what I heard yesterday.
This is probably why I have about 10 of the TZ85, 86, 87 and 88
drives around here, in both DSSI (TF) as well as SCSI (TZ) variants :)

Indeed, TZ85's reliably read TK50 and TK70 carts.

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