|Did it ever see the drive?|
How is the parallel port configured in cmos/bios setup. You'll need a bi-directional data transfer setting.
Does the parallel port show up OK in device manager?
It's not a SCSI drive is it? If so, you need a SCSI card with a Future-Domain type external connector. If it's a parallel port drive it must have a parallel cable. The SCSI and parallel cables look alike but aren't.
Now that's what I call a sticky situation