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Had fun doing this. Squeezed 68 games on to a C-90 cassette. :D
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Re: How many of CNGSoft's compactages can you fit on a blank tape?
« Reply #1 on: 16:04, 18 September 20 »
that's saving space !!!  :o
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Re: How many of CNGSoft's compactages can you fit on a blank tape?
« Reply #2 on: 16:13, 18 September 20 »
Meet you behind the school after day's end?

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Re: How many of CNGSoft's compactages can you fit on a blank tape?
« Reply #3 on: 16:23, 18 September 20 »
So, how much KB do fit on an 90 Minutes cassette?
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Re: How many of CNGSoft's compactages can you fit on a blank tape?
« Reply #4 on: 16:28, 20 September 20 »
Meet you behind the school after day's end?
Don't forget to bring a blank! ;)
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Re: How many of CNGSoft's compactages can you fit on a blank tape?
« Reply #5 on: 16:29, 20 September 20 »
So, how much KB do fit on an 90 Minutes cassette?
I didn't count, but you can feel free to check all the sizes on CNGSoft's website and add them all up from the tracklist that I provided. ;)
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What did you use to transfer them?

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Does a 90mn tape do not have a drawback around the mechanism making it forcing at end and the tape slowdown?
If I'm not wrong, the hardware was made for computer cassette that was mainly around 15mn?
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What did you use to transfer them?
I converted them to wav file using JavaCPC and then copied them using a USB tape recorder. :)

Does a 90mn tape do not have a drawback around the mechanism making it forcing at end and the tape slowdown? If I'm not wrong, the hardware was made for computer cassette that was mainly around 15mn?

I've heard this but I've never experienced it. I've been copying stuff on to 60 minute and 90 minute tapes for years for the Amstrad and never had a fail personally.
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Does a 90mn tape do not have a drawback around the mechanism making it forcing at end and the tape slowdown?
If I'm not wrong, the hardware was made for computer cassette that was mainly around 15mn?
Just like Shaun i also copied files constantly for like 5-7 years straight & never had issues with 60 or 90 mins tapes. Not even above the default baud speeds of 1000 & 2000. Must admit i in general always used 60 min tapes especally when doing the 2500-3000 baud recordings in combination with "quicksaving" the files (quicksaving: instead of saving a 26x blocks of 2k bytes you save one file 2k byte & one long 24k byte one). Amstrad 464's really had an incredible quality tape deck in it. Cant really remember a single time saving/loading went wrong unless there was a physical error on the tape or user errors of cause. But i also always used good brand tapes as you could certainly get some horrible trashbin worth tapes as well. Also only used "normal position" tapes as metallic tapes (like chrome) distort the audio. Trying to remember if we even had 120 mins tapes back then as i cant remember using one.


I do remember the short data tapes like 15 mins too. I mostly remember them from the really early zx81 days. Like the early budding IT stores or music hardware stores would have like a bin of mixed zx80/81 tapes with homeprinted lables. Cant speak for the zx80 but the 81 was certailly a bit more unreliabele when it came to recording & reading back but we also just used some random casette/data recorder so it could have been the recorder. They did have short tapes in the later Amstrad days as well. I did get lured into buying a dozen at rebate price at a the local store. That is where i discovered how apparently useless the c10/C15/C20 tapes was .. for storing real games at least because of how short they are. Wasnt untill later that i got into my brain that ultra short tapes are really usefull for storing a single program that you use a lot. Like i had one with a paint program on both sides, one with a copy program, one with a speech program etc. Quite handy to have easy to access tools without having to dig thru long tapes.


One concern about long tapes isnt just the normal "bit-rot" that is slowly happening over the last 30 years, but i have noticed that longer tapes do tend to last less well like i got a Frankie Goes To Hollywood game tape where the spools/tape has clearly "fallen" aka not kept in place to a point where the tape is damaged & even if you where to open the tape & manually put things it place i doubt it will load without errors. So the short original tapes do have a pro there.