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OpenVMS Hobbyist Program | Alpha Systems Forums | Alpha Hardware Forum
Author VXA Cleaning tape
otaviusdecimus
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Posted on January 26 2018 04:42
Hi there,

Would anyone have a VXA Cleaning Tape, used or not, to lend or to sell ?

Thanks in advance,
Luiz
Author RE: VXA Cleaning tape
malmberg
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Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on January 29 2018 03:29
Those appear to be very expensive from what retailers still claim to have them in stock.

I see out of stock notices on sellers that use to sell them much cheaper. One of the cheaper ones claim that it is only good for 20 cleanings.

Of course I do not know how much it would cost to migrate your tapes to newer storage.

It appears the drives were last sold in 2006.

It may be something similar to when the Compact Tape II stopped being manufactured. From my faulty memory, at the time manufacturing ceased, it was estimated that the manufacturer estimated they had over 10 years worth of in-stock inventory. That supply was exhausted in only a couple of years, as I suspect large users of TK drives made bulk purchases, and could not find new cartridges at any price.
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