Seagate Backup Tape Drive SCSI to USB TRAVAN

Microsoft Windows vista home premium 64-...
March 30, 2010 at 05:23:32
Specs: Windows Vista Home Premium, 2 gb
I have 2 old backup tape drives, a SEAGATE DRIVE and a TRAVAN DRIVE, both of which have SCSI connections and I have some old travan backup tapes. I want to transfer the data from the DAT type tapes to my Vista home premium computer. I located a cable adaptor on ebay SCSI to USB but is quite expensive. I took these 2 drives from old windows 95 and windows 98 machines which were Pentium I and Pentium II pc's. I think the power for these drives came from the motherboard as both drives have 4 pins on the back so this would be a problem I guess. Does anyone have any ideas as to how to get the data from the travan tapes to my vista comp? and is it worth keeping or slinging these drives? look forward to your replies.

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March 30, 2010 at 13:34:58
Why would the power connection be a problem? They use the regular 4-pin 5 and 12 volt connection that IDE drives use. If you don't have enough available molex connectors just buy a Y-adapter.

And why not get a cheap SCSI card instead of an expensive adapter cable?

Lastly, I'm not sure those drives are seen as regular drives in 'my computer'. Seems like you needed the seagate software to use them and then only as backup devices, not regular drives.

You're not really green until you're soylent green.

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March 30, 2010 at 23:22:44
i've fiddled for 20 years in comps but have never opened my fujitsu siemens scaleo and i gues i would need to open it to connect the 12 volt pin to the motherboard, is that correct?
if so, I prefer not to do that and would prefer to pick up an old machine to do something like that.

can you explain what a scsi card is and where it would connect - inside or a slot outside the pc. i never learned much about scsi connections.

as for the software, i could get that from various websites i guess.

look forward to hearing from you

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March 31, 2010 at 09:08:59
I'm not familiar wiith the scaleo but the tape drive should connect up like any other drive with the 4-wire molex connector from the power supply. Also, if it's a server it may have on-board SCSI support. Many older servers did. You may want to check the manual.

There are two types of SCSI data cables. The tape drive should take the older type--a 50-wire, but you should probably verify that first. It looks like the old-style IDE cable but wider. Then newer type has 68 wires and a different connector. There's some info here:

You could just get a PCI SCSI card. The adaptec 2940UW is pretty good. You can do an ebay search and find several. There's some there you can get for less than $10 including shipping. Here's one:

You might want to check the others there and see if any come with a data cable, if you need it.

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