Storage - Magnetic Tape Drives Selection:
|Name: 9142A Tape Drive|
|Product Number: 9142A|
|Original Price: $1690|
|Catalog Reference: 1986, page 89|
The 9142A is a somewhat rare quarter-inch cartridge tape drive designed for HP 150 and Vectra PCs. Tapes for this 16-track drive had a maximum storage capacity of 60 MB. The 9142A required the HP 88500A HP-IB interface card ($199) to connect to IBM-compatible PCs. The 9142A used the CS/80 command set.
The 9142A uses standard DC600/615 tapes which were no longer being made but still readily available in 2013. But, be careful; even tapes in their original new packaging may not work because the internal drive belt has become too stretched. The 9142A can also use the pre-formatted 88140 tapes that work in the 9144A. Once a 9142A formats an 88140 tape, that tape can never again be used in a 9144A (so don't do it, since the 88140 tapes are much more rare than the DC600 tapes).
The 9142A suffers from the same capstan wheel degradation that afflicts the 9144A and 9145A. Please read the 9144A page for methods to fix this problem.
The 9142A requires a software utility to work with either a Touchscreen or IBM-compatible PC. The DOS utilities are here: 9142A DOS Utilities.^ TOP
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