While preparing to move to a new house, I came across two forgotten tape backup mini cartridges from 1996. I know they hold the only backup I made of my original Remote Access BBS, with all my original Star Trek themed ANSI art, DOS/OS2 shareware, and 1000+ users.
I’d love to be able to resurrect this time-capsule, but what hardware device can actually read this?
I think I originally used a 50pin Wide-SCSI external backup, narrower & longer than an external CD-Rom drive (caddy-style). Backup restoration software I’m not worried about as I’m certain I can find something on Linux to suffice, I just need to find the hardware 😉
Here is the mystery cartridge in question:
The cartridge size is:
- 3 3/16″(w) x 2 3/8″(h) x 5/8″(d), or
- 8cm(w) x 6cm(h) x 1.5cm(d)
That looks like a 1/4″ QIC minicartridge. This particular form factor was apparently common in desktop computers.
Look for a QIC tape reader which was pulled out of somebody’s desktop machine, and you may get lucky. I see several of them on eBay under $20.
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