ElectroValue® brand Software for tape drives

We've been enhancing our tape drive software since 1985. You'll find our software to be the best command line based software for use under Windows 95/98/ME. Our SCSI software runs in a DOS window under Windows 95, Windows 98/ME. Our Pertec software runs under DOS, and/or Windows 95/98/ME.

Of course, you can also use a workstation running the above on a Windows XP/7/8® network too. You'll find ElectroValue's suite of programs easy to use and written with both the casual user and the power user in mind. You'll find powerful field selection features and record selection features that allow you to select only the fields and records you want from tape.

We also offer DCX® software if you need to run on Windows 7®

We want to be sure that your purchase will serve your intended needs. Prior to your purchase we want to discuss the details of your intended application.

Please check out our software in greater detail. Download our software manual page by clicking on the link in the sidebar on this page.

After reading the manual, you'll see how our software excels.

Tape to Disk ElectroValue Software highlights

Conditionally import tape records. E.g., Import only a range of Zip codes or specific states from a tape containing a mailing list.

Select only the fields you want from tape.

Move tape fields to new positions on disk

Copy dBase® files directly to tape converting them on the fly and creating a layout like the sample below you can send with the tape.

dBase to tape layout

Force tape fields to match existing database structures.

Print labels "4-up" directly from tape

Conditionally terminate the data transfer when a user-defined criterion has been met.

Convert to ASCII from EBCDIC, Zoned Decimal, Packed Decimal, Packed Hex, Packed BCD.

Delete trailing and / or leading spaces. Delete leading zeros too.

Change case to upper and / or lower case from selected fields. Change case to all lower case with initial upper case of each word.

Read blocks as large as 65,535 bytes.

No limit as to the size of files that may be read.

Multiple files may be transferred in one session.

Optionally discard the first 'n' bytes of each block.

Change double quotes coming in from tape to single quotes. This an example of the extensive secondary translation you can perform.

Binary files may be read

You may erase tapes.

Create .dbf structures into which data can be imported.

Character, numeric, date, and logical field types are supported.

Add literal text to tape data at any point. e.g., Add decimal points to numeric data. Add dashes to phone numbers.

Create dummy fields.

Use powerful logical expressions to define conditional record acceptance. You can use =, <>, <, <=, >, >=, $(found in), -$( not found in), [ ] (sliding match) AND, OR, and a unique Key List data file.

In addition, a program may be run in disk to disk mode to perform processing on disk files.

Change 8-bit ASCII to 7-bit ASCII.

Change control characters (00-31 decimal) to spaces.

Specify starting and ending blocks to transfer.

Add the input record number to each record.

Create a unique number for each imported record.

Append data to existing text or .dbf files.

Wildcard characters (* and ?) may be used to select multiple disk files to transfer.

Tape Analysis

Easily determine data type and record length of data on tape.

Add a carriage return and line feed every 'N' characters when displaying tape data to screen, thus making logical record length determination a snap.

Input may be from tape or disk.

Display tape data in columnar form.

Column numbers, in an easy-to-read vertical format are generated by the program. This makes figuring out field boundaries a snap.

Data is displayed below column numbers as printed characters, Hex, or both.

See the sample below.

ditto output

DCX® brand Software for tape drives

DCX® (Data Conversion eXpress) is a comprehensive data conversion/transfer tool that will move data from tape to disk. While not as comprehensive as our own software, DCX gives you control over data conversion requirements. EBCIDIC to ASCII conversions can be performed as can a binary read or write. DCX allows conversion of the data on a block, record and field level basis. Numerically packed fields can be converted with ease as DCX intuitively identifies all fields and places conversion possibilities against them. This once complex task is now software interpreted and the conversion layout is completed and if needed can be edited by the user. The user can output this data into comma delimited fields. DCX identifies labeled or unlabeled tapes. TAR and CPIO data formats can also be translated from tape or disk.

DCX® software runs under Windows 2000/XP/2003/2007® and Windows7® for most SCSI tape devices including 9-track, 3480/3490/3490E, 3590, 4mm, 8mm, DLT, SDLT, and LTO drives. Fiber devices are also supported including IBM 3592 J1A, EO5, E06 drives and the Ultrium LTO2, LTO3 and LTO4 drives. Consider the DCX tape tool if you must have a drive on Windows 2000® or above.

  • Easy to use GUI Interface
  • EBCIDIC to ASCII conversion
  • Fixed or Variable formats
  • Block, Record, and Field level conversion
  • Reads TAR\CPIO Tapes
  • Tape analysis feature
  • IBM and ANSI Compatible tapes
  • Read and Write labeled or unlabeled tapes
tape drive software

Which controller and software can you use?

  • Pertec interface drives must a Pertec cards with compatible software.
  • SCSI interface drives must use a SCSI controller.
  • Electrovalue Pertec software is available for our Pertec cards running under DOS®and Windows 95/98/ME®.
  • Electrovalue SCSI drive software is available for SCSI cards running under Windows 95/98/ME®.
  • DCX® SCSI drive software is available for SCSI cards running under Windows XP/2000/7®.
  • If you have Pertec interface drives you have to use our software with our controller cards. If you want to run SCSI drives under DOS, Windows 95/98/ME you can use our SCSI software.
  • If you want to run under Windows XP/2000/7® you have to use a SCSI drive with DCX brand software.
  • Download our SCSI software manual.
  • Download our Pertec software manual.