[rescue] Source for 2150S 150 Mb tape drives

William Enestvedt William.Enestvedt at jwu.edu
Tue Jul 5 12:21:17 CDT 2005

My brother asked:
> I have a customer looking for 2 tape drives. If I located the
> model (2150S, 150mb) and the maker (Certance, nee Seagate, nee
> Archive Corp) who would be a good supplier?  Would [a vendor of
> new equipment that we know] have these? My guy is pretty price
> sensitive.
   Can anyone suggest a reliable, affordable source of these drives,
besides EBay? I know that list sponsor Anysystems might carry them; does
anyone have other suggestions of places to shop for these where we could
feel comfortable passing them on to a third party?
   I told my brother that it's like trying to buy leaded gas. :7) But
car nuts always seem to have a source for their strange hardware needs,
and I know this group is similarly..."resourceful." Sometime you just
need what you need. I suggested that if the customer really only wants
the data off some tapes in order to put it onto another format then
buying the drives might not be a bad idea -- but keeping them in
production is another thing.
   Thanks for any suggesitons.
Will Enestvedt
UNIX System Administrator
Johnson & Wales University -- Providence, RI

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