[vcf-midatlantic] Bernoulli Drives needed in working condition

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue May 18 14:32:53 UTC 2021

  If I remember correctly, Bernoulli cartridges are factory low-level
formatted and cannot be reformatted in the field.  If this is the case,
bulk erasing them will render them useless.  Don't just assume that this
is a good approach.


On 5/18/21 10:29 AM, Bruce via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Bernoulli disks are magnetic media, no?
> Wouldn't a bulk tape eraser be a more secure means of erasing these
> cartridges?
> Bruce
> NJ
> On Tue, May 18, 2021 at 10:04 AM Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> Someone donated two 10x10 Bernoulli drives to VCF. They are in unknown
>> condition. She gave us the manual, a cable and one cartridge. She wants to
>> donate the remaining cartridges, but would like to supervise the deletion
>> of the data they have on them. So we need one in working condition first.
>> As I understand it, the drives need a special card on an "older" PC to
>> operate. She disposed of the PC that had that card.
>> Is there anyone who has this card and can get these drives in working order
>> so that the lady can delete her data?
>> =========================================
>> Jeff Brace
>> Vice President & Board Member
>> Vintage Computer Festival East Show-runner
>> Vintage Computer Federation is a 501c3 charity
>> http://www.vcfed.org/
>> jeffrey at vcfed.org

Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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