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I have come into a Sony SDT s2000e  DSS   2 gig tape drive unit

but dont have drivers ect

sony nolonger supports this device ( too old)

no drivers to be found

does not auto detect when conected

port setting have been tried in all posible configerations

os is win98se

sugestions welcomed

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First, you need to know that it works.  If it doesn't work, then the correct setting still won't help.
Does it have jumpers on it to set it up?  According to http://www.jaring.my/sony/html/periphe.html it appears to be a SCSI2 external.  You may want to try www.windrivers.com to get the drivers.
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Win98 doesn't support tape drives directly so there are no drivers for any tape drive.  You need to get a 3rd party BACKUP SOFTWARE PACKAGE that will run this tape.  I recommend Veritas BACKUP EXEC for Win98.  This software will work with just about any SCSI or IDE tape drive and the Sony drive you mention is listed as being supported.
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by:slink9
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I second Backup Exec.  It works very well and costs less than $100 if I remember properly.
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by:magarity
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I recommend 'tar' since its free.
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by:jhance
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I've not seen tar for Windows 98...  I've used a version of tar for NT but NT supports a tape device natively.
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OK having checked the above information out I find i'm still not going

The drive works or did before i moved it from the server to home
It is an external scsi interface with a scsi centronics interface and pas thru with terminating block on the passthru and a scsi centronics to DB25M conector it was conected to Lpt2 on the server so i suspect that it is actualy a scsi 1 interface.  

backup exec that i have doesn't find any supported units when i connect it to my pc(98) or server(NT4) i took it back to the server at work and the nt4 backup agent finds it there so it has to be a setting some where

any ideas  
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Hi all,

This question has been open for quite awhile. I am going to allow feedback from the questioner and experts. If it is not resolved, I will delete or accept an answer based on the info I have been given. Experts, feel free to offer input, or even suggest who you  think is correct. I will monitor this question for a period of 5-7 days and come back and evaluate this question.

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Dear questionner/expert(s)

No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I'll leave a recommendation in the Cleanup topic area that this question is to be:

- Deleted and points refunded

Please leave any comments here within the next seven days.

==> PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS AN ANSWER ! <==

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by:jhance
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I disagree.  This question is answered.  I suggest force accept to either jhance or slink9.  Your choice...
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by:slink9
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Split the points.
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by:VirusMinus
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ok, i'll mention it in my post in CleanUp TA

thanx
VM
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by:magarity
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Umm, the last comment by the questioner starts with:

"OK having checked the above information out I find i'm still not going"

...which seems to indicate maybe the comments made were not the answer.

01/26/2003 07:57AM PST
Please leave any comments here within the next seven days
01/26/2003 08:58PM PST
ok, i'll mention it in my post in CleanUp TA

Hmm, so that's seven days in New York minutes, eh?
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Per recommendation, force-accepted.

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jhance: points for you at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_20493657.html
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