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Transfering data from 3M DC 2120 mini cartridges?

I have several 3M DC 2120 Mini Data Cartridge Tapes. They are about 10 years old and have data on them. I'd like to know where to go to get the data downloaded to a CD or DVD. Does anybody provide that service?

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  1. Well, have you tried looking for tape readers? AFAIK they still work with IDE connections...
  2. I don't want to buy a tape reader or use this format. All I want to do is to find somebody who will transfer the data to CD or DVD.
  3. Keep in mind that you'll not only need to find someone who has the right tape drives, but also someone who has a copy of the software you used to write the data in the first place.
  4. How and where do I find such a person? That was my reason for posting my original question here.
  5. Well perhaps someone here will have what you need or know some person or company that does. But my point is that if you expect to get lucky you're going to have to tell us what software you used as well as what hardware.
  6. As I recall, the software is "Colorado" something or another, perhaps "Colorado Backup". I still have the pc with the drive that runs these tapes, but I don't know how to transfer the tape contents to CD or DVD. I thought it would be easier to find somebody to do it.
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    If you've still got the PC then just use it to restore the files to an external USB hard drive or flash memory stick. If the PC doesn't have any USB connectors then you can get a PCI-to-USB adapter card for $15 to $20. Once you've got it on a USB device you can plug it into another computer with a DVD burner to burn the files to a DVD.

    Even if you don't have a DVD burner of your own (they're also very cheap BTW), you'll have a lot easier time finding someone who can burn stuff from a USB device than from a tape cartridge.
  8. Hello:

    I have some DC2120 tapes made using 'colorado backup" and no longer
    have the computer or the drive...

    Anyone know where I can get these tapes read and files transferred
    to CD?

    Anyone in that kind of business?

    Will pay...
  9. Yes. Try acii.com.
  10. I've encountered Colorado Backup for tapes coming from Windows systems. It's owned by Hewlett-Packard now. There used to be a limited-life free download.

    You can also try OnTrack Data Recovery. I think they can read almost anything.

    http://www.ontrack.com/datarecovery/servicequote.asp?PartnerID=2337811

    Yes, the link has my Partner ID on it, but I don't get a cut...

    I do this sort of thing for tapes written by VAX systems running the VAX/VMS (now known as OpenVMS) operating system. Kind of a narrow niche, I know:

    http://www.stanq.com/conversion.html
  11. dublin said:
    Hello:

    I have some DC2120 tapes made using 'colorado backup" and no longer
    have the computer or the drive...

    Anyone know where I can get these tapes read and files transferred
    to CD?

    Anyone in that kind of business?

    Will pay...



    If still in the need call 905.332.4707 GTS Computer does it, ask for glen
  12. I have the same concern. Did you have any response?
  13. bookworm said:
    I have several 3M DC 2120 Mini Data Cartridge Tapes. They are about 10 years old and have data on them. I'd like to know where to go to get the data downloaded to a CD or DVD. Does anybody provide that service?

    bookworm
  14. did you ever find someone to transcribe the data from your old DC 2120 XL minicartridges? i NEED HELP. jesusislord1717@gmail. com or 616-240-8641
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