Solved 1980s pc retro tape mod.. rerecord but stretch and fail

March 30, 2016 at 03:28:09
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Well i came here to see if i could mount a tape like a drive for no practical reason other then is it possible?? Somehow, regardless of tape wear.

Guessing not conventionally.. but ...surely it was once upon a reel less weary.

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March 30, 2016 at 03:54:04
It is theoretically possible to use a tape like a disk, but it would be horrendously inefficient. Say you wanted to read the last block on the tape and next read the first one. The program would have to wait whilst the tape was rewound. And the next read might be the block before the last one.

For this reason tape devices are almost always treated as sequentially accessed devices, not randomly accessed.

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March 30, 2016 at 05:53:36
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Hi Midnight, you need be clearer with your query and provide *COMPLETE* details.

The post heading and reference to tape wear is unclear.

Tape drives were used for security backups without problem, but as ijack states recording and reading method is serial.

With HDD's etc which have indexes, access can be serial, indexed or random.

Good Luck - Keep us posted

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April 1, 2016 at 20:19:38
What type of interface does the tape drive have? Most that old were either SCSI or used their own proprietary ISA card. And, as already mentioned, dos and windows didn't treat them as drives. You had to use their backup software to access the drive.

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