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    Default WTB: HP Colorado T3000 tape drive

    For some odd reason my drive is working on TR-3 carts. Since the T3000 were pretty common, does anyone have one gathering dust?

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    I just got a tape drive but I'm not sure if it'll work or not. It's a Compaq Dat drive and I have the manuals

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    No, this isn't DAT, but rather TR-3. Garbage, the entire lot of them.

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    I've got a HP Colorado 8GB that does TR-4 and lower tapes I believe.

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    TR3 and QIC-80/QIC-3020 use a different (MFM) encoding. TR4 uses RLL. I'd check the specs first. I've got a Seagate TR4 SCSI drive and it doesn't understand TR3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    TR3 and QIC-80/QIC-3020 use a different (MFM) encoding. TR4 uses RLL. I'd check the specs first. I've got a Seagate TR4 SCSI drive and it doesn't understand TR3.
    I believe this is the Specifications for that drive.

    https://support.hpe.com/hpsc/doc/pub...docId=lpg10885

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    How bad do you need it? I might have one in a machine.
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    Finally got a good working one yesterday. Thanks, anyway.

    I hate QIC and QIC-derived media.

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    I don't mind the old QIC-80 tapes because while slow they were cheap and reliable back when I actually used them for archives (early 90's). The Travan tapes on the other hand were junk.
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    The QIC 3020...etc. tapes were also terrible. While I was using QIC, it was always the larger 6150 and 6250 carts. The problem was that QIC doesn't have automatic read-after-write verification, so you could write a bad tape, skip verifying it in the name of time savings, and wind up with something totally unusable.

    I moved to 8mm (Exabyte), DDS and then DLT later--all SCSI.

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