Random driver for insanely old hardware

User Ota ota at animenfo.com
Tue Feb 12 04:22:37 UTC 2008

On Mon, Feb 11, 2008 at 09:07:14PM -0700, Warren Block wrote:
> On Mon, 11 Feb 2008, User Ota wrote:
> >I have a question, just out of totally pure curiosity about one
> >particular piece of hardware.
> >
> >Today I was browsin around Value Village (big giant thrift department
> >store in Canada) here in Sudbury, and I came across A "GCC Technologies
> >UltraDrive 50R", SCSI based and external -- from 1990.
> >
> >Now here's the maybe not so wierd part: only 1 out of like 4 hits on
> >Google showed up as the UltraDrive 50R 50 Meg Removable Hard Drive,
> >using Ricoh optical removable hard drives.  I'm a fan of finding old
> >computer stuff, and running legacy machines just to see what it was like
> >and just for fun.
> >
> >Anyways, my question is: I cannot find ANYTHING whatsoever on the
> >internet about this product.  Out of pure curiosity, was there ever a
> >driver available for FreeBSD; or, if you can comment, linux kernel?  I
> >just really wanna know. :P
> GCC is still around as http://gccprinters.com/.  There's very little in 
> their support base about the Ultradrive, but they may have more 
> information by email.
> Other than finding cartridges, the question is going to be whether the 
> drive can handle writing all on its own, or whether it needs an external 
> driver.
> -Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA

>From what I read, there's little nothing about GCC left except in the 
printer business, like they were never around at all.

Goes to show you how far technology has advanced in nearly 20 years and 
how the market is rapidly changing on a day-to-day basis.

I gave it some power, and it seems to power up okay (I have no idea what 
'okay' really is -- im just guessing by the fact that the power lights 
come on.)

Russell Doucette

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