> The EIDE version will be recognized as an EIDE hard drive. The parallel
> version doesn't have a specific driver for it that I know of, but one of
> the drivers at www.torque.net/linux-pp.html that is meant for a
> parallel-IDE bridge might work on the drive.
I have tried the ep.c driver at www.torque.net and it seems to work.
I compiled ep.c as a module, and I was then able to format the disk
and create a partition, as well as copy files from my hard disk to the
Sparq through the parallel port.
I haven't been able to run a full test, however, because my machine
has gone flakey the last month or so. For example, if I try to do a
big compilation, the kernel usually crashes after about ten minutes,
and the machine won't reboot unless I turn it off for at least five or
ten minutes, presumably so some overheated component can cool down.
This problem arose before I bought the Sparq drive, and in fact it was
one of my motives for buying the drive. Unfortunately, whenever I try
to save a lot of files to the disk (which can be as little as 1-2
Mbytes), the PC exhibits the same symptoms. It may be that the ep.c
driver is unreliable, but I know for a fact that the hardware has
problems and this seems the more likely culprit.
If anyone else is thinking of buying a Sparq drive, you can be sure
that there is a driver for it that works under at least some
conditions, and possibly works for all normal configurations.