Need to know DDS drive used to write backup tapes

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Thu Sep 30 13:50:20 2004

On Thu, Sep 30, 2004 at 10:44:49AM -0700, Zane H. Healy wrote:
> 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.
> Having said that, I collect old tape drives (and when possible old tapes so
> I can first test the drives), so people around here tend to eventually come
> to me when they need odd tapes read.

If anyone has any "old" DLT-III or DLT-IV drives lying around, unloved, I
can put them to use at home (here, we are using SDLTs and have deprecated
older DLT formats except for the occasion we have to send data to someone
that hasn't yet bought an SDLT drive).


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