Re: Cursor mag and archiving tapes

From: Luke Crook <>
Date: Tue, 14 Feb 2012 12:19:40 -0800
Message-ID: <-5764767009372041762@unknownmsgid>
Some of my tapes are old and sticking.  The three C2N's that I have
are unable to turn the spindles at all.

Has anyone else had this problem?  Is there a solution?


On Feb 14, 2012, at 10:35, Ethan Dicks <> wrote:

> 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).
> -ethan
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