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How to read LS-120 SuperDisk?
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lmart

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 12:58    Post subject:  How to read LS-120 SuperDisk?
Subject description: SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge
 

2 questions:

#1 What version of PuppyLinux, if any, can read/write to the LS-120 SuperDisk via a SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge?
-or -
#2 Is there a site with the specific Linux driver for the SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge and, what is the exact step-by-step guide to install it?

Background:

After a recent death in the family, we received >100 LS-120 SuperDisks marked as "Genealogical", "Historical Papers" and, "Historical Images". We realize this is old technology. We would simply like to move the documents from LS-120 SuperDisks to an external HDD. Thank you.
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 16:58    Post subject:  

So you have some kind of drive, this SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge, that this SuperDisk media fits in, that could read the SuperDisk if it had the right software? What have you tried so far?
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 17:10    Post subject:  

Very Happy Hello,
From what I have read on the internet and my experience with similar types of drives, it should be Plug and Play.
Puppy should see it as a USB floppy Drive....
I have several similar iomega drives, Puppy mounted and read them fine.

#Edit..
As a matter of fact I was able to boot from them...

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lmart

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 17:15    Post subject:  

Thanks for your reply Flash.

Tried numerous things/OSes.

Win: Each version from XP to Win10. They recognize the drive but will not r/w. I do not know if Win had a driver. Google searches were unproductive.

Linux: Several distros, going back 4-5 LiveCD releases, including Ubuntu, Knoppix and several rescueCDs. They recognize the drive but will not r/w. Made similar post on Ubuntu, but no replies.

If memory serves me, he moved from WinMe or Vista to PuppyLinux several years back and, PuppyLinux would r/w to the drive. However, I do not know which version. Thus, the basis for my question.

If someone can help with the PuppyLinux version that supported r/w to that device, I'll just create a LiveCD and rip the files to an external HDD.

Can you help Flash?
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 17:20    Post subject:  

puppyluvr wrote:
Very Happy Hello,
From what I have read on the internet and my experience with similar types of drives, it should be Plug and Play.
Puppy should see it as a USB floppy Drive....
I have several similar iomega drives, Puppy mounted and read them fine.

#Edit..
As a matter of fact I was able to boot from them...


puppyluvr,
Thanks for your reply. I also read that it should be plug/play ... but it isn't. What version of Puppy are you referencing puppyluvr?
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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 20:19    Post subject:  

What is the computer your are trying to do this on?
Specs if you know them?
Make and model? We can look it up.

That will affect what Puppy to try and use.

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PostPosted: Mon 27 Aug 2018, 20:50    Post subject:  

bigpup wrote:
What is the computer your are trying to do this on?
Specs if you know them?
Make and model? We can look it up.

That will affect what Puppy to try and use.


Thanks bigpup for replying.

Can try with 3 different laptops.
#1 ThinkPad x86 w/ 4g ram
#2 Toshiba Satellite x86 w/ 4g ram
#3 Lenovo amd64 w/ 4g ram
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PostPosted: Tue 28 Aug 2018, 20:51    Post subject: Re: ?How to read LS-120 SuperDisk?
Subject description: SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge
 

lmart wrote:
2 questions:

#1 What version of PuppyLinux, if any, can read/write to the LS-120 SuperDisk via a SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge?
-or -
#2 Is there a site with the specific Linux driver for the SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge and, what is the exact step-by-step guide to install it?



That ata bridge is an old piece of hardware, pre 2004.
Might want to try windows xp or windows 2000

The Ls 120 should have a 40-pin connector
Some reading suggests it can plug into an IDE connector on the motherboard and be picked up as a floppy - but - the
superdrive has to be plugged into IDE1 and set as master. IDE1 is usually silkscreened on the motherboard or IDE controller.

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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 07:43    Post subject: Re: ?How to read LS-120 SuperDisk?
Subject description: SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge
 

perdido wrote:
lmart wrote:
2 questions:

#1 What version of PuppyLinux, if any, can read/write to the LS-120 SuperDisk via a SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge?
-or -
#2 Is there a site with the specific Linux driver for the SCM Microsystems, Inc. E-USB ATA Bridge and, what is the exact step-by-step guide to install it?



That ata bridge is an old piece of hardware, pre 2004.
Might want to try windows xp or windows 2000

The Ls 120 should have a 40-pin connector
Some reading suggests it can plug into an IDE connector on the motherboard and be picked up as a floppy - but - the
superdrive has to be plugged into IDE1 and set as master. IDE1 is usually silkscreened on the motherboard or IDE controller.

.


perdido, thanks for your reply.

XP recognizes the device, but will not r/w
Did not try win2k, and may not have the cd

The Imation drive is externa., has what looks to be a scsi adapter, which connects to a usb device, then to the laptop.
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 09:08    Post subject:  

From your reply to my question above, it seems you haven't tried any of the Puppy Linuxes. I'd say, boot any Puppy CD or DVD you happen to have and see if it will read the data. You won't have to install anything and if it won't work, no harm done.

How much trouble would it be for you to plug the SCSI cord coming from the drive, straight into a motherboard?
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 10:47    Post subject:  

Flash wrote:
From your reply to my question above, it seems you haven't tried any of the Puppy Linuxes. I'd say, boot any Puppy CD or DVD you happen to have and see if it will read the data. You won't have to install anything and if it won't work, no harm done.

How much trouble would it be for you to plug the SCSI cord coming from the drive, straight into a motherboard?


Flash, thanks for your reply.

To answer your reply in reverse order, I am hesitant to dismantle my laptop(s) to attempt a direct connection to the motherboard.

As of this post, my hope was that someone knew which release would r/w the LS-120.

My attempts so far:

Win: wiped my laptop HDD and reinstalled WinXP, WinMe, Vista and Win7, all can identify the drive, none can r/w.
Linux: created the following Ubuntu LiveCDs, all can identify the drive, none can r/w.

Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (Lucid Lynx), Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick Meerkat), Ubuntu 11.04 (Natty Narwhal), Ubuntu 11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot), Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal), Ubuntu 13.04 (Raring Ringtail), Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy Salamander), Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (Trusty Tahr), Ubuntu 14.10 (Utopic Unicorn), Ubuntu 15.04 (Vivid Vervet), Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily Werewolf), Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus), Ubuntu 16.10 (Yakkety Yak), Ubuntu 17.04 (Zesty Zapus), Ubuntu 17.10 (Artful Aardvark), Ubuntu 18.04 LTS (Bionic Beaver), Ubuntu 18.10 (Cosmic Cuttlefish)

Again, my hope was that someone knew which release of PuppyLinux would r/w the LS-120.
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 11:43    Post subject:  

You may need to find a Mac user who still has a working LS-120 drive and can transfer the files for you.
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 12:12    Post subject:  

is this drive formatted for HFS Plus or HFS+ ?
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 12:25    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
You may need to find a Mac user who still has a working LS-120 drive and can transfer the files for you.


rcrsn51, thanks ... Will try
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PostPosted: Wed 29 Aug 2018, 12:27    Post subject:  

rockedge wrote:
is this drive formatted for HFS Plus or HFS+ ?


rockedge, thanks ... No idea how it's formatted
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