EIDE magneto-optical drives and Linux

EIDE magneto-optical drives and Linux

Post by Boris Gjener » Fri, 05 Sep 1997 04:00:00

I'm thinking about getting a 230 meg magneto-optical drive such as the
Fujitsu DynaMO 230.
(see http://www.fcpa.com/cgi-bin/goFrames.cgi/product/prd_product.html)
Since I don't have a SCSI controller, I'd like to get the EIDE version.
The only question now is whether this will work with Linux.  I didn't
find any posts about this in DejaNews, but I do see that there have been
some problems with the IDE Zip drive which are being fixed in 2.0.31.
So, would the EIDE DynaMO 230 work?  


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1. Does LINUX support Magneto-Optical (MO) drives ?

Does LINUX support Magneto-Optical (MO) drives ? I am looking at the
Fugitsu 3.5 inch drive that supports 128M on each drive. I have
read a little bit on the technology and the drive and it looks good. As
you all know MO optical drives are READ/WRITE drives  where the READ/WRITE
access is much slower then a normal magnetic drive but you can you use the
media like normal floppy drives. Although its expensive then DAT Tapes but
the media life is much longer. Any way, the drives provide a standard SCSI
(or SCSI-II) interface.

I have the following questions:

a) Since the drives have standard SCSI interface and will be connected
   to my standard scsi card, do I even need any additional driver support ?

b) How will the MO-floppy change detection will take place ? Is it gonna be
   similar to the way floppy driver detects floppy drive change ?

c) Last but not least, has anyone dared to use these drives on Linux yet ?



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