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03-07-2019, 12:35   #1
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Using audio cassette tapes as a file storage media

I remember the days when my friend had a Commodore 64 that had a tape deck type device that served as the main external storage. Games and other apps came on compact cassette tapes and had to be ran through to load the data to the memory.

This is an interesting experiment I came across recently which I'd like to try out at home on my retro style build.....
https://www.instructables.com/id/Sto...udio-cassette/

I have already encoded a few image and pdf files to the audio wav filetype. I have a tape recorder at home that I can rig up to see can I write and then read and decode the data to recreate the original file.

I love this. Real low level computing, handling the raw data. Really cool.
Has anyone every experimented with similar?
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06-07-2019, 00:40   #2
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Haven't done anything like this myself but interested to read about it!
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I remember the days when my friend had a Commodore 64 that had a tape deck type device that served as the main external storage. Games and other apps came on compact cassette tapes and had to be ran through to load the data to the memory.
Selective memory is selective. I too remember the days of the C64 given that i still own one; there is a reason (or several) why tape was abandoned as a storage medium, not least because tapes are exceedingly susceptible to magnetic damage and diabolically slow to load.

As a "because I can" experiment, that article was a curious read, but that's about it given I had my fill of cassette data loading from the 1980s and early 1990s
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... I had my fill of cassette data loading from the 1980s and early 1990s
Same here. Used a VHS at one point for data.
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Yeah, may seem cool from a retro point of view but anyone having lived through that period would look upon it with anger.

Many a brother/sister received dead arms and legs for having the temerity for even breathing in the vicinity of a particularly dodgy tape which decided to stop loading after 20 minutes as they inevitably got the blame for it.
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Get some LTO8 tapes, same magnetic recording - much faster I/O.
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Yeah, may seem cool from a retro point of view but anyone having lived through that period would look upon it with anger.

Many a brother/sister received dead arms and legs for having the temerity for even breathing in the vicinity of a particularly dodgy tape which decided to stop loading after 20 minutes as they inevitably got the blame for it.
Yep, ZX81 and Spectrum for me. Getting my first computer with a decent floppy drive was a monumental step forward, loading from cassettes was a hateful experience and not one to be repeated.
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