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The tape was actually the same quality as used for VCR tape - according to the QL Service manual "high-quality video tape" was used. Other than the rotating heads in VCRs, however, Sinclair Microdrives use standard, two-track heads, apparently from some dictaphones. It's unlikely they deeply looked into compact cassette technology, given all these ...


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(No definitive answer, just some thoughts) Tape size isn't a major indicator as custom size manufacturing isn't a big deal. Already the Exaton Stringy Floppy of 1978, which can be seen as predecessor, did use a 1.6 mm tape. Similar BSR's wafer drive, used in the Rotronics Wafadrive or the Quick Data Drive for Commodore computers (*1), which used, IIRC, as a ...


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