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
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
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.