Re: Cursor mag and archiving tapes

From: Ethan Dicks <>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:35:12 -0500
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On Tue, Feb 14, 2012 at 12:29 PM, Ingo Korb <> wrote:
> Ethan Dicks <> writes:
>> I would like to know about such a program.  I manually snarfed my old
>> tapes years ago via a PC parallel-port C2N interface and DOS software,
>> but I would like to check over the tapes one more time to ensure I got
>> everything.
> Assuming that you have .tap files you can use tapclean...

I have a box of 30-year-old cassette tapes.  The method I used 15
years ago was to plug a real C2N into a custom cable and read directly
to binary on a DOS machine.  If the tape and tape drive were aligned
well, it worked and I got a file.  If not, well... I got read errors,
just like the old days.  I think I was able to read 60%-80% of the
files.  I'm looking for a way to dig out the rest.

If I have to start by creating WAV files of all my tapes then convert
WAV to TAP, I can do that, if that's the best path to take.  I'd like
to preserve as much as possible since according to the tape labels, I
worked on some of this software in 1979 - it represents some my early
programming efforts.  Nothing earthshattering and probably very little
worthy of publishing, but it's still a piece of my personal history
I'd like to recover.

In the intervening years, though, all the drive belts on my C2N drives
(I have at least 3) have aged and stretched.  I need to find a source
of a replacement (including a length, which I can only estimate now).


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