Back in the day, SCSI was the way to go. I remember my high school having a single 5Mb Sider hdd connected to an Apple //e - which seemed awesome after endlessly swapping floppies. Not long after, I lusted for and purchased a 20Mb Xebec 9710 (or 9720?) for my Amiga 1000.
More recently however, I've managed to acquire two First Class Peripherals Sider hard disks for my Apple //e, and a Xebec 9710 to pair with my Amiga 1000; but before I start connecting and terminating and formatting and troubleshooting and pulling out my hair, etc. I wondered what might still be lurking on these drives.
Conveniently, I also have a working Pentium III with both Jaz and Syjet drives connected via a Buslogic FlashPoint SCSI card. So I started to think it might be possible to connect the Sider/Xebec drive(s) one at a time to the Buslogic card via the external connector and (assuming the drives still work, and the termination is correct, and drive id doesn't conflict) I might be able to 'query' the drives in some fashion. This of course leads to my question, would it be possible to actually 'detect' what file system the drives were/are formatted with?
I'd hazard a guess the Sider drives are probably formatted for use with ProDOS? - but the Xebec drive could potentially be anything. It might be interesting to do some detective work before trying to flatten the drives and start over. It's a long shot, but you never know what kind of history you might find lost on a seemingly random drive from 30+ years ago.
Speculating, I suspect if this is possible it would require a version of Linux (maybe a bootable CD like Knoppix) because I doubt Windows 98 and or MS-DOS is going to get me very far.
Is what I am asking even possible?