I have some old QIC-80/DC-2120 tapes in storage that I wanted to pull the data off of. Although the original Colorado 250MB drives can be found on eBay, I didn't have any machines with a floppy controller (needed for these drives), so I purchased an AIWA TD-P250 parallel port tape drive off eBay and purchased a PCI-E parallel port adapter

AIWA TD-P250 Tape Drive

In order to get the correct paraide kernel modules, I ended up using the liquorix kernel and using it with Debian Bullseye.

I can see my PCI-E parallel port card being detected:

[   14.965405] parport_serial 0000:01:00.0: enabling device (0000 -> 0003)
[   14.965539] parport0: PC-style at 0xf100, irq 97 [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
[   15.053879] ppdev: user-space parallel port driver

I can modprobe the individual paraide protocol drivers and have them assigned a number:

[642412.131083] paride: epat registered as protocol 0
[642421.621593] paride: bpck registered as protocol 1
[642425.580159] paride: friq registered as protocol 2
[644696.035287] paride: comm registered as protocol 3

Unfortunately, none of the protocols seem to work. For example, when I run modprobe pt drive0=0xf100,1, I get the following:

[  369.920354] pt: pt version 1.04, major 96
[  369.924266] pt0: Sharing parport0 at 0xf100
[  370.225661] pt0: bpck 1.02, backpack          unit 0
[  370.225663]  at 0xf100, mode 1 (8-bit), delay 4
[  376.508496] pt: No ATAPI tape drive detected

The tape drive didn't have the original driver disk, and I can't seem to find a copy online (the filenames on the disk can sometimes indicate the correct protocol to use). I've opened up the unit, but I can't see anything indicating what the IDE->parallel port controller is

AIWA TD-p250 with top off

Close up of IDE board

Wide shot of entire drive

Is there any way to get this tape drive working in Linux?


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