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Like a lot of long-time Mac users, reader Dan Colasacco has some legacy gear that doesn’t see eye to eye with his current Mac. He writes:

I have a lot of old files stored on Iomega Bernoulli cartridges. I still have my Bernoulli 230 drive which is a SCSI device so I purchased an Adaptec USBXchange adapter. The problem is that the Bernoulli device cannot be accessed. I cannot locate driver software to run the Bernoulli on my MAC OS X version 10.4.2 for the Bernoulli. Any suggestions?

You’ve got at least two problems here. The first is revealed by this entry in the USBXchange FAQ under What systems and operating systems are supported?

• 9.0.4 or above for fixed and removable drives (Mac OS X Server and developer releases of Mac OS X Consumer are not currently supported)

• 8.6 or 9.x for other SCSI peripherals

In other words, according to Adaptec, the USBXchange isn’t compatible with OS X. Even if it were, it’s unlikely you’d find an OS X-compatible driver that worked with the Iomega drive.

So what to do?

Go old school.

Rummage around in the garage for an old Mac that bears a SCSI port (and if your garage doesn’t have one, look for a garage sale or friend, that does). Said Mac will likely run Mac OS 9. If you’re lucky, you still have a driver that will work with the old Mac OS. If you’re not so lucky, take a trip to DriverGuide and look for it.

If and when you get the drive up and running, copy the files to a piece of compatible media—a CD-R, for example—or network the two computers and copy your old files across the network.

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