I just read that Turbo Tape could load/save at a rate of 475 bytes/sec. Is that accurate? Assuming this is accurate, I sure wish I had known about it back in the day.
Like everyone else I knew, I had a 1541 floppy drive. But I was the only one I knew who had a cassette drive. Once I got the floppy drive, I never used the Datasette again. But if only I knew about stuff like Turbo Tape? A sixty minute tape could store as much as 5 double sided floppies? I would have backed up so much data!
And I mean actual backups of data I care about. Not … you know … “backups”.
Floppy disks were not that cheap, but cassette tapes were pretty cheap. I would have been able to triplicate my files that I cared about - floppy plus two independent copies on tapes - rather than just risk it (and lose a lot of them).
I’m just kicking myself for having had this option to have saved all my data and various programs I wrote, if only I knew.