Hi Martin,

The tape-to-head speed of a rotary head system probably prevents a
stationary head design for DAT playback.  I believe the technical hurdles
relating to this was one of the reasons that S-DAT lost the war to R-DAT...

As far as I know "data" DAT formats still used rotary-heads.  If there is
something out there, it would be a pretty serious custom project...




Rob Poretti
Sales Engineer
Cube-Tec North America

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Subject: [04.82] [ARSCLIST] DAT transfer question

Ya'll "fergive" me if this is a completely idiotic question.

Is there any way to transfer audio DAT tapes directly onto a hard drive 
without going through the process of playing and recording in real time? 
I'm thinking of the data backup and storage drives here which might use 
stationary heads.  Hey!....Never hurts to ask.