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IBM 3850 Mass Storage Device (1 of 2)

Note:This gallery was originally published in April 2006, it has been republished with minor formatting changes.

Patrick Sneed sent in this picture of a 25-year-old tape cartridge from an IBM 3850 Mass Storage Device. "The tape retrieval device ran on little railroad tracks down the center of the machine," Patrick wrote, "You could open the doors to work on it while it was in use but it could literally take your head off when it passed by."

Photo by Patrick Sneed

Submitted by Patrick Sneed

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