special HP DAT macintosh driver - mounts volume on desktop / in filesystem

By davidf01 ·
a blast from the past ....

in the (early) 90's, there was a third-party driver for the HP DAT's that
could mount the DAT as a regular volume on the desktop, so that it
_appeared_ to be formted using the Macintosh file system (HFS) ...

this was (in effect) a multi-session driver that made the DAT into a
"super floppy drive" ...

this custom driver was modeled on the design of WORM driver, so it
allowed ?RW access to the device in userland -- ie the device was
fully availible as online storage; it was NOT controlled as (only) a
nearline back-up device by the native HP driver.

HP (colorado?) bundled the driver as part of a special marketing
package - so it was in fact officially endorsed by HP as an oem
solution if one wanted to pay extra for that feature.

I am trying to remebr the name of the company that made this driver
- does anyone recall it?

fyi: i specifically remember asking both the HP DAT product manager
and the ISV's programmer about when mods to the firmware would be
finished so that the drive could be used for (real-time) recording of
(compressed) video (this was even before quicktime had a capture API
:-) -- the problem was that the original firmware only supported the
default behavior of a DAT recpording head: ie to lift up, off the tape,
after each block was written, in order to be ready to access the next
point on the tape; whereas streaming would have required that the
firmware cause the default position of the recording head to instead
remain in place in order to smoothly handle the uniterupted flow of
data from a video source.

-- but i dont think that this feature ever became implemented, as HP
and the ISV parted ways fro some reason.

fyi: the reason i want to track down the isv (or better yet, their
programmer!) is because i know of a developer today who might
benefit from using the WORM-style design technique for adapting
their customized multi-session DVD?rw driver to genereate (de facto)
support for multi-session recording on a DVD-DL.

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