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9114B disc drive vs 82161A tape drive
09-11-2016, 07:15 PM (This post was last modified: 09-11-2016 07:17 PM by 4ster.)
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9114B disc drive vs 82161A tape drive
I'm thinking about trying to find one of the above in working condition for my collection of 41s. I already have an upgraded HP-IL module with an Extended I/O module. I intend to use the disk/tape drive as backup storage of programs and maybe for future data storage. I have a working card reader and an untested parts/backup card reader and a good supply of magnetic cards.

Battery is easily replaceable with a new 6v gel cell of equivalent size.
Uses 3.5" floppies (I still have a bunch of these and they seem to not be degrading)
Reportably "robust" and reliable for an old device with a high probability that it will work
Harder to find
Has some compatibly issues (wakeup and sleep issues) with the HP-41 since it was not originally designed to work with the 41.

Battery rebuild is a little harder, but do-able
Designed to work with the 41
Easier to find
Tapes are very hard to find and will probably need new felt pads to get them running when sourced.

Are my pros and cons hitting the mark? What have I missed?

In order of appearance: HP 41CV, CMT-MCGPS, HP 41CX, DM 41, DM 42
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