Storing digital data on Vinyl,VHS,CCtape?


#1

Hello.

This is yet another of my passionate data tests.

  • How much storage do Vinyl, VHS and CCtape hold with average error correction strength?
  • How can I format them in LTFS (linear tape file system)?
  • How do I utiluze each of them to store computer data?

#2

Vinyl is obviously absolutely not suitable as a data medium. Compact casettes were de facto the default storage standard for most 8-bit computers, the capacity varied by each computer platform and depended mainly on used baud rate. ZX Spectrum could store about 1 MB on a single C90 tape.

VHS had been never widely used for data storage. There was a solution called Video Backup System for Commodore Amiga computers, but it was unreliable and had never gained mass popularity.
http://www.hugolyppens.com/VBS.html


#3

That’s exactly why I want to use them.


#4

How much storage do VHS and Vinyl equal?

Yippie-ya-yey! Not bad!
I guess, it could handle 500KB to 1500KB depending on error correction strength.


#5

Vinyl (theoretically) would have the same capacity as a tape with the same length (40 min LP = about 360 KB).


#6

According to D-VHS, you can store up to 44GB (Video data) on a D-VHS tape or a really good S-VHS like TDK XP Super Pro.

But D-VHS Recorder are very expensive these days and only for collectors.


#7

Can’t a normal VHS recorder be hacked to do D-VHS?


#8

No chance


#9

The nearest I’ve come across to data on vinyl is the VHD system demonstrated on Techmoan’s channel.

The VHD is like a LaserDisc, but uses electrostatic pits of varying length, which are read with a stylus. Although the audio and video were stored in an analogue format (encoding explanation here), I do wonder how much data it could have held if it used distinct pits and lands to represent 0 and 1 bits.


#10

There were some games released on vinyl in the 80s, purely for the novelty of doing so. Vinyl is absolutely impractical as a data storage medium.


https://www.wired.com/2007/06/video_games_hid/
https://www.discogs.com/lists/Video-games-in-vinyl-grooves/253634


#11

Vinyl would be pretty failure resistant. I’m not an expert but what could be possibly degrade there, if stored properly?


#12

VHS backup system for PC: