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Where to find QICStream software for reading old QIC-150 tape?

I'm trying to restore a backup from an old QIC-150 tape. While I'm able to read the raw data from the tape (using linux), I can't recognize the binary format of the data (the tape is not mine). There ...
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Archiving data on a nonmagnetic storage [closed]

I know that we have LTO tapes, which have really good longevity and are reliable. But they're still magnetic so they're not protected against big magnetic wave (e.g. from sun). There is an option to ...
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Why are punch card readers no longer in use?

When you think about it, punch cards are the safest way to backup data for long term storage. They are not influenced by magnetic fields and their data (the holes) don't fade over time. They are also ...
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Old school backup systems: what are they?

So being a sysadmin for several years, I learned that "Jesus saves, but God makes tape backups," several times over. Watching Season 2 of Halt and Catch Fire, there is some data loss. Being that ...
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I made a sector image of a Windows 95 partition, but it won’t boot. Why?

I recently got my hands on an IBM 340 PC (100MHz Pentium, 16MB of RAM). I'm going to wipe the disk and start fresh, but I wanted to preserve the contents of the disk should I wish to restore it to its ...
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