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    Someone gave me a new tape drive with 20 blank tapes(qic-80 format). Does anyone know how to use this with xp? It says colorado 250mb on the front and it connects to floppy cable with 4 pin molex for power. Cant seem to get it to recognize the drive. Also can't find a driver for it. This would be a neat toy.
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    I'm not sure that your drive fits here?

    http://www.hp.com/cposupport/informa.../lpg10723.html

    you are likely right, "neat toy".
    As a tool, you will find your CDR to be much quicker, cheaper media, more capacity and just plain all around better.

    As you can see at the link above - floppy controller based drives are not supported by that company for much.

    I wouldn't consider this post o' mine definitive, info on manufacturer etc. may provide more possible solutions.
    However, compared to your CDR for storage/backup a 250MB tape is pretty much going to be considered a pain after you use it a few times.
    Just my opinion, of course.

    EDIT: a bit of further research shows that HP has opted to no longer provide support for the 250Mb drives.
    I'm guessing a third party driver would be your only hope?
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    I used to have a couple of these drives.

    They came with some DOS based backup software and also worked in Windows 3.1x.

    The software didn't support Windows 95 long file names.

    I wouldn't expect much luck in finding anything to make them work under anything more recent than that.

    They are also terribly slow. It used to take about 3-4 hours to do a full 250Mb backup.

    The tapes also have small holes in them that the drive shines a light through to detect the end of the tape is near. If the optical receivers were dirty or stuffed the drive winds the tape too far and off of the spindles inside the cartridge. I've spent many a time undoing the screws on cartridges to wind the tape back on to the spindles.

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    I believe that the furthest those drives could go was nt 4.0.

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    Oh well, I was not expecting it to work anyways. And since I would never use 3.1, ME or 9x ever again, it will never work for my machine. I just wanted to try it since it was free and has 5gigs of tapes.
    athlon xp-m@2456mhz(12x204)
    tt aquariusII liquid cooled/ arctic silver ceramique
    asus a7n8xe-dlx
    thermaltake xaserIII lanfire
    bfg 6800gt
    seagate sataII 250gb/seagate 7200rpm 160gb ide
    samsung dvdrw
    2x1024 kingston hyper-x pc3200/ windows xp pro sp3
    logitech mx518/ logitech wingman rumble
    2x samsung 955df 19"/ canon i960
    creative x-fi fatal1ty 64mb/ altec lansing 251-5.1
    mushkin 550w

    opteron 146 @ 2850 (10x285)
    DFI infinity nf4 ultra
    thermaltake tsunami dream -black
    seagate sataII 500gb
    evga 8600gt oc ssc edition
    samsung sata dvd-rw
    2x1024 ocz black
    logitech ifeel/ nec accusync 75f
    ocz fatal1ty 550w

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