I currently have a ton of QIC-250MB tapes that I would like to read from (its been 30 years). I have a Tandberg TDC 3600 SCSI interfaced tape drive but I am lost how to connect it. In the past, with the computers then, they had a SCSI port where I could directly connect it. However, with computers today, SCSI interfaces appear to be obsolete. To be more specific, this is how it looks from the front:
and from the back:
The back looks like a 50 Pin Centronics. I am just not sure how I can connect such a device using modern computers, if at all. Any suggestions or guidances would be much appreciated! I am essentially starting from scratch, and would be interested in purchasing an old computer unit, if necessary. Finally, I have one of these iomega SCSI to USB adapters that were made back in the day. The interface on this looks like a SCSI-2 interface. Is there a way to perhaps convert the 50 pin HD to the SCSI-2 then to USB?
Would something like this allow the IOMEGA to connect to the 50 pin internal without use of ribbons?
Thanks to all the comments. I ended up buying the adapter above and was able to get it working by connecting the drive to the adapter, then the iOmega adapter to convert to usb. The biggest thing was getting the terminator power correct. This was done by setting the pins in the drive correctly. The first drive I used wasn't able to be used since it was older and didn't have terminator power pin controls. The second drive did work. I actually then plugged the usb into my Macbook Pro, booted into a flash drive version of Linux (Ubuntu 18.04), and then used the
mt command to control the tape drive and was able to read it all out.