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    Default Getting Data off IBM PS/2

    I know this has been covered in several different ways but I haven't found my solution. I have been looking for Laplink but it appears there is no longer a legal version out there and the current versions do not support the old sync cables.

    With that said, there is some data I want to get off a few old IBM PS/2 Model 80s. Is the floppy route going to be my only way? I think the hard drives are unique and I know the controller card is unique. Anyone have any thoughts or options?

    Thanks in advanced!

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    http://minuszerodegrees.net/transfer/transfer.htm has some tips you can consult.

    Being a microchannel system, your options are a bit limited in that you can't just add an ISA network card and connect it to the network. However, if your parallel ports are working, you can use those with a xircom PE3-10BT to add ethernet to your system. You can then use the packet driver and the mTCP suite to stand up an FTP server and then just use FileZilla on windows or mac to download everything recursively. This is much faster than trying to rescue the entire contents onto floppy disks.
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    Surely MS-DOS 5/6 Interlink is still available...

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    I always answer these kinds of questions assuming the end user is a novice who doesn't have a second vintage system to run older transfer software on.
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    It was his mention of LapLink that brought up my mention.

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    I'd probably use a parallel port Iomega Zip drive or other parallel port mass storage device. Zip drives are not too hard to come by.

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    Doesn't it have a second IDE port where you can just connect a CF card in an adapter? Then just copy the whole stuff from the HDD to the CF card, which you can easily read with any modern PC.

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    These sorts of IBM PS/2s did not use IDE. They used IBM's wacky ESDI, or SCSI. A quick search to double check also suggests that some model 80s may have also used a ST506 interface hard disk controller. SCSI drives could be removed and imaged on another system, but the other two types necessitate keeping the drive in the system. As a microchannel system, one can not just plop in common expansion cards.

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    What a bummer.

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    Well now, there's a project for someone. A parallel-to-USB setup that allows modern machines to grab data from a vintage parallel port. Maybe it already exists...

    How about one that virtualizes the vintage drive as a USB Mass Storage Device?

    (I hate programming USB protocol. In spite of the standards, there's always some gotcha with some vendor's implementation. The structures involved are legend. )

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