How to copy data off an old IDE disk

David Cantrell david at
Mon Mar 31 22:03:28 BST 2008

On Wed, Mar 26, 2008 at 06:44:17PM +0000, Andy Wardley wrote:
> I've got a couple of old (early 90's) IDE disks that I'd like to copy the 
> data off ...
> Alas I've only got the one machine at hand with an IDE interface so I'm
> limited to what I can try at the moment.  Does anyone know if it's even
> possible to run a pre-ATA IDE disk on the same cable as a modern UDMA disk?
> The fact that it gets as far as booting suggests that it's tantalisingly
> close to working.

That suggests to me that you might have to simply add some obscure
ancient driver to your kernel.

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