TK50 Image Archive

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The TK50 specification lists a design lifetime of 30 years for TK50 tapes. Some of the older tapes in my collection are starting to approach this age, so I think it's important to create a digital archive of these tapes before they become unreadable.

After some searching, I found some code to create tape images compatible with the SIMH emulator. This code successfully compiles on a CentOS 5.4 system, and works with an external SCSI TK50 drive, using the /dev/nst0 device. Using this code, I made the following images of my TK50 tape library. Several of these images have been tested with SIMH.

After the destruction of a tape, the TK50 became unreliable. Some searching turned up a TZ875-TA 5-slot tape changer, which is able to read TK50 tapes. This drive has proved much more reliable in making tape images.

DEC Tapes

Part Number Tape Label File
AQ-A9690-JS Interleaf
TPS 4
Slim TPS for DECstations
AQ-A9690-JS.tap.zip (13 Mb)
AQ-FP58C-BN VMS LIC KEY BIN TK50 AQ-FP58C-BN.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-FP86M-BN VAX FORTRAN V5.5 BIN TK50 AQ-FP86M-BN.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-FP86N-BN VAX FORTRAN V5.6 BIN TK50 AQ-FP86N-BN.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-FT37L-BE VMS/WS/SW V4.4 BIN TK50 AQ-FT37L-BE.tap.zip (3 Mb)
AQ-FT73J-BN WPS-PLUS/VMS V4.1 BIN TK50 AQ-FT73J-BN.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-HQ070-01.J01 PRNTSVR SUP VMS V4.1 TK50 1/1 AQ-HQ070-01.J01.tap.zip (2 Mb)
AQ-HY27F-BE DEC GKS RTO V4.2 BIN TK50 AQ-HY27F-BE.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-JP22E-BE VMS V5.3 BIN TK50 1/2
VMS BINARY
AQ-JP22E-BE.tap.zip (17 Mb)
AQ-KX71A-BN MICROVMS V4.7 BIN TK50 Aq-kx71a-bn_microvms_v4.7_bin_tk50.tap.gz
AQ-LU340-01.F01 DEC TCP/IP SER VMS V2 TK5 1/1 AQ-LU340-01.F01.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-MM11C-BE ULTRIX/UWS V4.0 (RISC)
SUPPORTED SUBSETS VOLUME 1
AQ-MM11C-BE.tap.zip (46 Mb)
AQ-MM12B-BE ULTRIX/UWS V4.0 (RISC)
UNSUPPORTED SUBSETS
AQ-MM12B-BE.tap.zip (26 Mb)
AQ-NF65A-BE DEC PHIGS FOR RISC V2.1 tK50 AQ-NF65A-BE.tap.zip (10 Mb)
AQ-NH24B-BE VMS V5.3 BIN TK50 2/2
DECWINDOWS & S/A BKUP
AQ-NH24B-BE.tap.zip (9 Mb)
AQ-NJ58A-BE VMS V5.2 BIN TK50
WARRANTY MANDATORY UPDATE
Aq-nj58a-be_vms_v5.2_bin_tk50_warranty_mandatory_update.tap.gz
AQ-NZ22D-XH PWRKS V4.1 DOS FOR VMS TK50 AQ-NZ22D-XH.tap.zip (7 Mb)
AQ-PBJRB-BE ULTRIX/UWS V4.0 (RISC)
SUPPORTED SUBSETS VOLUME 2
AQ-PBJRB-BE.tap.zip (31 Mb)
AQ-PG7SA-BE VMS V5.4-2 BIN TK50 1/1 AQ-PG7SA-BE.tap.zip (5 Mb)
AQ-PH9CA-BE VMS DECwindow MOTIF V1.0 TK50 AQ-PH9CA-BE.tap.zip (17 Mb)
AQ-PU1B0-R1.B01 CSCPAT_1049
TPU V3.1/MOTIF INT/EVE TK 1/1
AQ-PU1B0-R1.B01.tap.zip (1 Mb)
AQ-PXKZ0-R1.A01 VMS V5.52H4 RMST TK50 1/2 AQ-PXKZO-R1.A01.tap.zip (25 Mb)
AQ-PXL00-R1.A01 VMS 5.52H4 RMST TK50 2/2 AQ-PXL00-R1.A01.tap.zip (13 Mb)
AQ-PXL20-R1.A01 VMS V5.52H4 UPD TK50 1/1 AQ-PXL20-R1.A01.tap.zip (4 Mb)
AQ-PXNQ0-01.A01 VMS V6.0 BIN TK50 2/2 AQ-PXNQ0-01.A01.tap.zip (7 Mb)
AQ-PXNQ0-01.C01 VMS V6.2 BIN TK50 2/2 AQ-PXNQ0-01.C01.tap.zip (9 Mb)

Other Tapes

Part Number Tape Label File
014350 COGNOS PowerHouse
PART NO. 014350
VERSION: 710E1 -- VAX --
SERIAL NO. 162304
CREATED: 1994/DEC/19 Product of CANADA
014350_cognos_powerhouse_version_710e1_vax_serial_162304.tap.gz