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The drive and disks are over 10 yrs old so I have little hope, but what kind of cable could I use to make this drive readable on a modern PC (Vista)?

Is there an adaptor that has to be used?

For reference, this site has a lot of info on ez135 drives.

ports on ez135

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That's a Centronics cable, not a SCSI cable. –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 22 '11 at 17:51
@Ignacio Edited. Thanks. –  Michael Pryor Mar 22 '11 at 18:02
Nope 'tis 50 way SCSI –  Linker3000 Mar 22 '11 at 18:18
@Linker3000: The page said "printer". –  Ignacio Vazquez-Abrams Mar 22 '11 at 18:23
That's not a printer interface - I can even see the SCSI ID selector - set to 5 (top of pic) - or are we talking at crossed purposes?? –  Linker3000 Mar 22 '11 at 18:36

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Have one of these...and it works...

you need a centronics-50 to db25 scsi cable, a centronics 50 type terminator, and a scsi card that it will connect to like an adaptec ava2902e.

You MUST have the drive plugged in and turned on when booting or you won't be able to mount the filesystem.

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Where can you get this cable? –  Simon Sheehan Feb 27 '12 at 21:05

It's a SCSI peripheral (SCSI 1). One connector to the computer, one for an SCSI terminator or other SCSI peripherals in a chain. This device needs an SCSI adapter in your computer, some types are possible...

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That connector is definitely SCSI. I used that same model with several Amiga computers, and it's a SCSI-2 connector.

Also, it's not terminated internally. If you don't connect anything else to the other SCSI-2 connector, you have to put a terminator on the other one, otherwise it'll lock up the system--or at least it will on an Amiga, but I'm sure it won't behave nicely on other computers if you don't terminate it either...

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A USB-(or PATA-, SATA-, etc.)to-SCSI adapter should work fine, but make sure that it really is a SCSI adapter and not, in fact, a printer adapter.

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Looks like you are correct. It isn't SCSI. –  Michael Pryor Mar 22 '11 at 18:03
But it doesn't look like Centronics either. When I look at centronics cables it shows about 20 metal contacts. This drive has 25 metal contacts across. –  Michael Pryor Mar 22 '11 at 18:07
Since it has two connectors, I'd go with 50-way SCSI - one for the data link to the PC and one for a daisychain/terminator connector, although the drive may be terminated internally - I'd take the cover off and have a look at the drive interface, that should settle it. –  Linker3000 Mar 22 '11 at 18:14

I have this device [Syquest ez135] with all the paper work & install disks. It uses a parallel printer port. Unfortunately it also uses win95 & so far I have not found a way to get WinXP to see the drive. So you have two issues, you need a parallel printer port and a modern driver.

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