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January 2001

Bill Vermillion's Tape Articles-Part 4, QIC Tape Format  by Bill Vermillion
- This section will discuss the QIC method - and it's probably a good starting point as it's fairly easy to understand. The QIC [Quarter Inch Cartridge] is the data cartridge you have seen which measures about 3" by 5", and with a metal bottom plate. This is a very rugged design and it's more complex mechanically than you'd notice with a casual glance.
Floppy Disks 
- If you are coming from the Windows world, Unix floppy drives are going to seem really dumb. In Windows, the drive is just there: you pop it open in My Computer, the files are visible, you run the program you want or just drag files off to your hard drive. Simple.