I have an old Colorado 250MB tape drive, which connects to the PC's floppy controller, that I'd like to use to read a QIC-80 cartridge.
I know that very old versions of the Linux kernel used to have the
ftape driver built into them (which would theoretically let me read the raw data from the tape), but I've never actually used it, and I'm not sure how to get it to work properly.
I've connected the tape drive to the PC, booted into Linux, and executed the following:
$ sudo modprobe ftape
That seemed to load the
ftape driver successfully, but I still don't see any new devices under
/dev that are related to the tape drive, e.g. /dev/qft0.
I then tried the following:
$ sudo /dev/MAKEDEV ftape
...but that still didn't create any new devices under
/dev. I assume I must be missing something very simple. Does anyone have any previous experience getting
ftape set up?