[vcf-midatlantic] Data Recovery from Jaz Cartridge

Jonathan Gevaryahu jgevaryahu at gmail.com
Wed Feb 26 21:36:10 EST 2020

I have an untested SCSI Jaz drive here, and an old Mac G4MDD with a SCSI 
card which it can connect to.

Assuming the cartridges are readable with no errors, I can directly 
image the disks (assuming they can mount and don't have bad sectors) and 
give those images back to the person who they belong to. It may work 
best if I use their drive instead of mine though, given that theirs is 
the drive that wrote those disks in the first place.

I'm located just outside of Philadelphia.
Would this work for them?

On 2/25/2020 1:13 PM, Jeffrey Brace via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> Someone sent me a message requesting data recovery services. If anyone is
> interested or capable, then I will forward the contact info.
> Here is the request:
> I have a friend who needs data recovery for his Iomega *Jaz* Drive -- he
> has around a dozen 1GB disks.  He asked me to help.
> He has (1) the drive, (2) the “*Jaz Traveller*” adapter, and (3) the
> cable.  He has no software to install.  This drive uses a SCSI interface
> and many people are selling (*gouging*) little SCSI to USB adapters ( Adaptec
> USB2xchange, Jaz Scsi to USB, and Microtech SCSI to USB) , on ebay and
> elsewhere for $250-$300 but noone states they were able to see a (say) File
> Explorer view of the files when they put the USB cable into a modern
> machine (say Vista, Win 7, Win8, Win10).   I don't think that these
> adapters would work and my friend can't afford $300 for an adapter that
> might not work.
> On the other hand, I concluded that since the “*Jaz Traveller*” adapter he
> does have claims to convert SCSI to the Parallel Printer Port Interface
> (the shape and number of pins for SCSI is similar to PPP Interface), he has
> enough equipment to connect the cables to a PPP on a machine which has what
> I believe is called the guest95.exe Jaz software.  This is a standalone app
> that runs on Windows 95 and reads from the PPP.  I do have a Windows 95
> machine but I cannot find guest95.exe except on very dark and evil sites
> where I do not trust that download to be anything but a virus and I cannot
> risk my machine that way.  On one site, I downloaded three .rar files but
> they were in error with regard to a part being missing.
> I am thinking perhaps one of your vintage cronies still has a working Jaz
> Drive and can do this recovery at an affordable price if the disks were
> shipped to them -- all data  would all fit on a $6 SanDisk 32GB thumb drive
> :- ).

Jonathan Gevaryahu
jgevaryahu at gmail.com
jgevaryahu at hotmail.com

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