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chuckcmagee
February 6th, 2007, 02:21 PM
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Hehe, I forget! Who was looking for a nice IBM tape drive? Guess you would have to buy the tape drive controller unit, also up for bids.

apple2fan
February 7th, 2007, 03:53 AM
Thank you god!!! Its a miracle. I've been wanting to get my hands on one of these for a long time.:jumping7:

phe
February 7th, 2007, 03:39 PM
What would you do with it?

ahm
February 7th, 2007, 03:49 PM
What would you do with it?

Why, make a scifi movie, of course. :-)

phe
February 7th, 2007, 06:05 PM
I've always dream of hooking one up to get get the reels spinning and the lights flashing. That would make a hell of a conversation piece.

Too heavy to get into the house though :lol:

apple2fan
February 8th, 2007, 03:53 AM
That's exactly why I would get it, as a conversational peace, and just as another part of my collection. He has three for sale right now, and he says he has five total. I don't know where I would put it. Maybe in the game-room?:)
And to tell you the truth, they don't weight to much, they role around really easy.

hatster
November 25th, 2012, 07:06 AM
I've always dream of hooking one up to get get the reels spinning and the lights flashing. That would make a hell of a conversation piece.

Too heavy to get into the house though :lol:

I just bought a 3420+3803 with the intention of doing something similar.. did you ever get anywhere with this ? Dont even know where to start with making it do nice things...

NeXT
November 25th, 2012, 06:37 PM
If you have the drive AND the controller, I dare you to bitbang out an interface for it. :twisted:

g4ugm
November 26th, 2012, 03:04 PM
Well you now need something with an IBM BUS & TAG channel interface to connect it too, so really a mainframe. If you can find a 9370 with a channel card that will do. Probably would work with an Multiprise 3000 or even a Flex/es box

http://www.dinorider.com/bsiopti/flex-es.htm

would work. Even a 3803 runs at 1 MegaByte/sec so about the same speed as 10 meg Ethernet and you have to stream the data as it comes off the tape. If you want to roll your own the Relevant IBM manual is here:-

http://bitsavers.informatik.uni-stuttgart.de/pdf/ibm/360/A22-6843-3_360channelOEM.pdf

Have Fun...

rorypoole
February 15th, 2014, 06:36 AM
I may be getting a 3420 tape drive, but I need the know how heavy a 3420 tape drive is for shipping?
thanks

g4ugm
February 15th, 2014, 08:32 AM
Its real heavy... There used to be hardware planning guiders that had ll that lot in

Stone
February 15th, 2014, 08:37 AM
I may be getting a 3420 tape drive, but I need the know how heavy a 3420 tape drive is for shipping?
thanks370 kg. before packing

rorypoole
February 22nd, 2014, 08:19 AM
thanks for the info, 370kg! it is heavy and complex inside!

oldest
May 8th, 2014, 09:52 AM
I am new to the forum, but there seem to be a lot of experts here .) I sit with a pile of 9 track tapes that I need to read, either by buying a machine or finding sombody to read teh tapes for me. I do have an expert with a IBM mainframe to read the tapes provided a find a reader. The tapes all originate from an IBM system/370 and /390. What is my best course of action ? Thanks Felix

g4ugm
May 8th, 2014, 02:16 PM
1) Create a new thread on here with an appropriate title

2) Post on the Hercules-390 Yahoo group as there are a few folks on there who can read IBM tapes and convert to a format the H-390 emulator.

http://www.hercules-390.eu/

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/hercules-390/info


3) Post on the CCTALK list

http://www.classiccmp.org/cctalk.html


4) Buy a SCSI 9-track drive that reads the density you have and convert the tapes yourself. Probably expensive

http://www.ebay.com/itm/251517488364