I've got an old "iomega tape 420" Floppy cable connected (similar to IDE) tape drive, a Ditto drive, for QIC80 tapes, connected to my floppy disk IDE connector. Now, where to go from here?
The drive powers up bgut Ubuntu doesn't show any references to it upon bootup or any tape-resembling entries in /dev.
(In case the drive is only mounted when a tape is inserted, I inserted one, the motors spun up, shuttling the tape and then rested - still no change and no activity in syslog, is that normal, what should it do?)
Additionally all tape-related stuff seems to have vanished from the repos, no ftape driver, no ztape driver, no ide-tape driver.
How can I get this thing working? Can I??
Also: I'm unsure if I hooked it up correctly, no markings there. Is there a way to debug if my Floppy cable is connected correctly, in the right direction etc., even when there's no way to operate the actual tape drive with proper drivers?
Back then I filled the tapes with the Windows (proprietary?) software for the IoMega devices, problably using some compression.
Would be geeky fun to look into my old collection of Sony 2120 tapes and waste some time...