6.1 CD and Tape

CD Information

MIPS may distribute either standard CD-ROM (read only media) or CD-WO (write-once). Both CD's work identically in your CD reader. CD-ROM are duplicated through a commercial provider who mass-produces them on pressing machines. CD-WO are made one at a time in a special machine. MIPS has three of these CD writing machines. CD-WO blank media costs ~$10 each (4/10/96), so they should not be, like ordinary CD-ROMs, used as Frisbees.

Tape Drives

8mm (Exabyte) Tape Drives

An 8mm tape cartridge (taken out of the plastic storage box) is about 3 3/4" x 2 1/2" x 5/8". It is important to tell us what model of tape drive you use, so we can send you the proper tape format. As far as we are aware, all 8mm digital tape drives are made by Exabyte. 8mm tapes can be written in a variety of density/compression combinations. Each Exabyte 8mm tape drive can read a sub-set of these combinations. If you don't know the model number of your drive, you can identify it by the front panel's appearance. See Drawings of the front panels. For reference note the: list of 8mm drive vendors.

4mm DAT (Digital Audio Tape) Drives

A 4mm tape cartridge (taken out of the plastic storage box) is about 2 7/8" x 2 1/8" x 7/16". We distribute 4mm DAT tapes in 60M length, no compression. This format is compatible with all 4mm DAT tape drives, and gives a maximum of 1.3 Mb. For reference note the: href="">list of 4mm drive vendors.

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