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
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