Tape Drive Ribbon Cable Compatibility Issue!  250 PTS

Posted on 2006-06-13
Last Modified: 2010-04-26

I have a Seagate Tape Drive that has a 50-pin connector at the back of it.  I don't know what type of ribbon cable is required to make it work.  Below is the configuration:

BACK OF TAPE DRIVE: (25 pins on each row: 50 total)


(21 slots on top row; bottom row has 10 slots, a space, then another 10 slots)


Can someone please tell me what type of cable I need to buy to connect the tape drive to the computer or the ribbon cable that is already inside the computer?

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Callandor earned 250 total points
ID: 16897693
50 pins is a SCSI-2 cable - you will need a PCI SCSI controller card if you don't already have one already.  The cable you described sounds more like a 40-pin IDE cable, which is not compatible.

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Will the PCI SCSI controller card fit in any computer?  I want to install it on a Dell Server.  Also, do you think I have a chance of finding this card inside an old computer?

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ID: 16897909
it is unlikely that you will find it in another computer, unless it was hooked up to a SCSI device previously... SCSI-II connections were used for SCSI scanners, zip drives and other SCSI workstation peripherals.

assuming that your dell server is a NON-RACK box, it will definitely fit a PCI SCSI-II card.

a very common SCSI-II card is the Adaptec 2906 fro roughly $50...


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ID: 16897937
yes, it will work.... the 2940W supports SCSI-I, SCSI-II, and SCSI-III , so it will work with your tape drive....

it has more capability than the 2906, the 2906 is the most basic SCSI-II card from adaptec...

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Wow - you can buy it for $5 - these used to cost hundreds brand new.  The 2940W is a very nice card for handling these old devices.

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