The controller chip is a Promise PDC20296. With luck, the driver is written in C or portable assembler. In any case, if it doesn't work, it was free for you, and I'll only be out a couple bucks in postage. I'm sure I'll be bothering you about getting my domains moved from HE, so to be able to buy goodwill for a couple bucks is a great opportunity ;^)
You don't have to buy my goodwill, I'll do my best to assist you with that regardless.
I knew that. I remember how helpful you were with similar things back in the dialup days, and how patient you were with a friend of mine who just never seemed to be able to get a clue at all.
Controller is appreciated. If I can stick a couple of large IDE drives, like 640GB Seagates, I'm going to use the box for a disk based backup of other machines so we can make backups more often than we do now with tape, and have faster access to the data when needed. Even IDE drives will be a lot faster than tape.
Sounds like a good idea. Since it's a dual channel controller, you could stick four drives in and run software raid and get some additional peace of mind.
Tape recovery always seems to be a "god, I hope we don't really have to do it" proposition. And with drives you can use rsync to do your backing up, which is super fast.