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What is data interchange? - Data interchange is the process of moving information from one computer to another. In situations where the computers are linked the data can be sent over a network. Where no link exists, the information can be written to removable media, which is subsequently read by the target computer. This option is often used even when the computers are linked, as a means of increasing the speed of data transfer, improving security, or reducing processing overheads.

Why is half-inch tape used extensively for data interchange? - Open reel half-inch tape and more recently 3480/90/90E cartridge tape is the media used by large computers for archive and backup purposes. The recording densities, formats and labelling conventions are established standards, some of which have been in existence for three decades. On many Mid-range computer systems and Mainframes, tape is the only removable media and it is estimated that 90% of the worlds archived data is stored on this media. Tape is robust and offers perfect data integrity by virtue of read after write technology. The tape drives that write this media are among the fastest data recording devices ever made. The answer to the previous question is now fairly obvious. Half-inch tape conforms to world-wide interchange standards, is accessible on most computers, from PCs through to Mainframes, and provides long-term security of investment for tape drive purchasers.

How can software help? - There are two main reasons why software may be required in data interchange applications.

1. As a device handler, providing access to the tape drive and control of its auto-loader or library attachment.

2. As a tool for data conversion.

What is data conversion? - Data conversion is the translation of electronic information from one form to another, i.e. from a disk, tape or file type, which an organisation's equipment cannot understand, to a specific format which it can. Our latest software greatly simplifies this task. Facilities such as automatic format recognition and the ability to view files and data on the screen in ASCII, EBCDIC or Hexadecimal means the need for any special training has now been completely removed. Developed from the most advanced media and data converter available today, this utility is comprehensive, affordable and easy to use. Capable of recognising over 100 different formats, it provides thousands of read and write combinations - Practically any format you are ever likely to encounter can be rewritten in a form that suits your host system, specific application or database format.

How our data conversion software works? - Extremely easy to use, through a simple Windows interface, tape files from virtually any source can be automatically retrieved and converted to your PC's hard disk or network server. Conversely, output to any tape media is provided by a number of industry-standard formats. Features include:

  • Windows 95/98/NT compliant
  • Easy to install and use
  • No training required
  • Tape Scanning and analysis
  • Comprehensive on-line help
  • IBM, ANSI and ECMA labelled tape support
  • Unlabelled tape support
  • Output to console display
  • EBCDIC, ASCII and user defined translation tables
  • Fixed, variable and spanned records converted.
  • Packed, zoned and BCD fields re-formatted
  • Batch Processing from DOS shell command-line
  • Tape duplication to multiple output tape drives
  • Tar, CPIO and backup tape formats fully supported
  • New formats constantly being added
  • Random or sequential cartridge auto-loader access

What happens if we find a new format? - Our software will be updated to add the new format. Alternatively, we can write a conversion program, which will convert the new format to any format you specify. The program can be written in house and e-mailed to you, sometimes within hours of your call.


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