[rescue] Dumping SunOS tapes

John Hudak jjhudak at gmail.com
Fri Sep 8 09:56:22 CDT 2017

Could you please show me a picture (pointer) of the cartridge + belt you
are talking about?

I do some 'vintage' tape deck restoration and have access to a few belt
If one knows the geometries of the belt,  one can try to match it to

Something doesn't make sense to be tho...someone posted something about
belt being matched to length of tape? I don't see how tape length would
dictate belt geometries, and even if it did, I'd think the economies of
mass production of a single belt would significantly outweigh the cost of
producing multiple belts.....

On Fri, Sep 8, 2017 at 7:50 AM, Richard <ejb at trick-1.net> wrote:

> Hi Folks
> OK so the SS2 is installed 4.1.3_U1 (sans Presto Card) and the Archive
> 150 Tape drive is operational and confirmed not destroying tapes :-).
> I have however checked a couple of tapes and the internal belts have
> degraded/snapped on some (anyone know of a replacement belt?). Others
> are good and I can recover data from tar/dump backups. I have a box of
> about 50 tapes so I should be able to get data off of the original Sun
> tape set, even if it is mix and match. I am however being pessimistic
> and working on the understanding that I will get 1 go per tape with the
> potential for tape breakage or other damage occurring.
> So here is the question.
> What format/tool do people suggest I use to image the tape such that
> others could use the images.
> thank in advance
> Richard
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