Storage - Magnetic Tape Drives Selection:
|1) 2020 Tape Drive (1966)|
|2) 3030A Tape Drive (1967)|
|3) 7970 Tape Drive (1970)|
|4) 9865A Tape Drive (1972)|
|5) 9877A Tape Drive (1976)|
|6) 9875A Tape Drive (1978)|
|7) 7908 Tape/Disc Drive (1981)|
|8) 7976A Tape Drive (1981)|
|9) 7911/12/14 Tape/Disc Drive (1981)|
|10) 82161A Tape Drive (1982)|
|11) 7974A Tape Drive (1983)|
|12) 9144A Tape Drive (1984)|
|13) 7978A Tape Drive (1984)|
|14) 7942A/46A Disc/Tape Drive (1985)|
|15) 9142A Tape Drive (1985)|
|16) 35401A Autochanger (1986)|
|17) 7980A Tape Drive (1987)|
|18) 9145A Tape Drive (1988)|
|19) C1502A DAT Drive (1989)|
|20) 6400 Model 1300 DAT Drive (1990)|
|21) C1503A DAT Drive (1991)|
|22) 6400 Model 2000 DAT Drive (1992)|
The first magnetic tape drive fully designed and manufactured by HP was the 7970, introduced in 1970. The 7970 had one of the longest lives of any computer product ever made by HP and wasn't obsoleted until 1986. The 7970 also had many homes within HP. The product was born in Mountain View, moved to Cupertino, then to Boise Idaho, before finally retiring in Greeley Colorado.
In the 1970s, magnetic tapes began to replace punched paper tapes as the primary means of software distribution and back up. Today, vintage tapes and tape drives are far less reliable than the paper tapes they replaced. Today, most paper tapes are as readable now as they were forty years ago. However, most old magnetic tapes require special treatment to become readable, if it is even possible.
In the 1970s and 1980s, magnetic tapes were much faster than punched paper tapes. Magnetic tapes were also much cheaper and had far more storage capacity than hard discs. As a result, vintage software is more likely to be found on magnetic tape than on any other media.
Be sure to visit our Supplies and Consumables Catalogs for part numbers and information on all the media and accessories available for these products.
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