Re: imaging/duplicating HP tape cartridges - lots of questions


About the reverse quick approach, a QIC40 drive uses 20 tracks of data. The DC100 uses 2 tracks, the update is a mechanical adaption to the dimensions of the QIC40 cartridge and an increase of the write current to write to the media. QIC40 and DC100 don’t share any track and modulation configuration.

I’m not sure but I think it’s practically impossible to read a DC100 tape on a QIC40/80 drive.

But it should be possible to connect a DC100 HP FACT drive to something like a Arduino or other micro controller, and read the data as a stream. And so neglecting any error signals generated by missing layers etc…

The program should be something like: rewind to the begin, start slow forward and read everything it says, stop at end of tape.

The next thing would be more complicated because you will have to analyze the captured data with a smart written piece of software.






Van: [] Namens Jack Rubin
Verzonden: maandag 20 februari 2017 16:39
Onderwerp: [VintHPcom] imaging/duplicating HP tape cartridges - lots of questions


Today I found another HP-85 tape of interest - "5010-0567/2630 - CS80 HP85 DIAG TAPE". It is labeled as being in SIF format and part of the HP85 Service System. Again, the existing archived copy consists of a disk image of the tape files which is incomplete and partially corrupted.

I'm still suffering a bit of dis-belief about the problems of imaging these tapes. Setting aside the issues of physically reading the tapes, from what I've seen, tapes have been recovered by copying files to disk which somehow fails to capture some binary system data. Tapes are then "duplicated" by then copying these files from disk back to tape, resulting in incomplete copies.

Hopefully, I'm not truly understanding the process and we do have the ability to do a raw block copy from tape to image and back.

Does anyone know how the "COPY ALL"  tape-to-tape function works on the 2644 terminal? 

Has anyone tried a "reverse QIC" approach? If the 9825/85 "DC100" tape drives can be re-engineered to read QIC-40 tapes, can a QIC-40 drive read an HP tape? If that's the case, then it is a short step to using ftape and dd to start tape imaging.


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