[vcf-midatlantic] 10 meg cartridge system

Bill Degnan billdegnan at gmail.com
Wed May 12 00:09:03 UTC 2021

On Tue, May 11, 2021, 7:24 PM Dave McGuire via vcf-midatlantic <
vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:

> On May 11, 2021 6:48:27 PM Bill Degnan via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> > This came in through the kennettclassic.com contact form:
> >
> > "we need working 10 meg cartridge system
> > can you help?"
> >
> > What do you think this person is referring to?
> >
> > Tallgrass?  Corvus?  Alloy?
>   They don't even know what they "need"... Honestly, I'd ignore it.
>                -Dave
> --

It might help if I got more info, sure. But sometimes these questions
transition to a  thought experiment ...hmm; 10mb carts were popular for
about 5 years (?) before they became obsolete.  1978 (?) to maybe 1983,
eh?  Formatting impacted effective storage, etc but roughly I.can think
of.the Tallgrass IBM PC tape harddrive.  Also the VRData Hard Disk III for
trs 80 model III had tape storage and a st506-ish hard drive in one unit.
Alloy sold an s-100 tape unit that also worked on the.ibm pc.

 That 10mb class was from a time when tape carts were used for more than
just deep storage and backups, and before pc hard drives were less

A lot of people today think all home computers would have had a hard drive,
but they were not cheap enough until 1985/6.  10mb tapes were viable until
10mb hard drives became affordable.


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