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Rodney Dawn

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I made a mistake as I have never seen a parallel port drive. SCSI had a similar interface that looks like a parallel port but it is SCSI. SCSI came first before IDE. If the drives really are driven from a parallel port then I would try non-bidirectional access as bi-directional is later technology and only later devices work this configuration. Bit serial interface sounds like it needs serial and not parallel. Early serial can have 25 pin connectors. If they show as removable disks then perhaps ME is treating them as zip discs or there is an IO error. The ST506 interface which used discs with MFM technology used an add on controller card which was derived from the floppy disc controller. Although unrelated a USB to IDE converter on USB 1 can get some drives to be accessed even when they show as having IO errors when they are connected on faster interfaces. If it works in Win98 or Win95 then I guess it really is a driver issue and not compatible or has the access timings changed like Win7, hardware connected to the parallel port was nearly impossible to get working I found.

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