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Old 08-26-2003, 10:50 AM   #1
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9 inch magnetic tape?

I need to get some info about 9 inch magnetic tape.

How old is this form of storage?

Do people even use this form of storage anymore?

How hard do you think it would be for me to transfer some data from one of these to a regular hdd?

Any other thoughts on this would be greatly appreciated...
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1. By todays standards its really old. I don't know the exact time frame but its >20 years.

2. Yes, AFIK.

3. It depends the format of the tape, the tape drive etc...

So what kind of system is this tape from and tape drive etc.?
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Thanks Mike...

To be honest, I am not sure. An end-user of mine called me up asking me what to do with 9 inch magnetic tape. I have been in the sysadmin biz for less than a year and have absolutely no idea what to tell her.

She is trying to obtain some data that can be given to her on paper or on a 9 inch tape. Seeing as how we don't want to have someone sitting around doing data entry all day long she wants to opt for the tape.

This means I have to deal with it. I haven't a clue as to how to retrieve data from such a thing.

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Did you do a search on ebay and see if you can find a drive? Also search google for data recovery. Someone in that field might have the equpment to do it. It won't be cheap, but if she wants it she'll have to pay for it.


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