How do I mount a travan tape drive

sliptonic

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I have some old travan tapes that I'd like to read. I bought a used Travan drive (HP colorado memory systems) from ebay. This drive originally connected to a floppy drive IDE connector.
Since my motherboard doesn't have a floppy connector, I bought a USB to floppy converter. Now plugging the converter into the drive and connecting it to the PC, I see this with lsusb:
Bus 006 Device 004: ID 0644:0000 TEAC Corp. Floppy
dmesg shows extensive output (below) including errors but the device appears to be mounting at /dev/sdc
So I tried:
$ sudo mt -f /dev/sdc rewind
mt: /dev/sdc is not a character special file

I'm not sure what to try next or how to mount the drive as a character special file.
Is this even possible or do I need to start hunting for an antique motherboard with IDE floppy connector?

(Linux Mint 19)

Code:
[ 1519.022625] logitech-hidpp-device 0003:046D:200A.0006: HID++ 1.0 device connected.
[92341.221587] usb 6-1: new full-speed USB device number 4 using ohci-pci
[92341.416385] usb 6-1: New USB device found, idVendor=0644, idProduct=0000, bcdDevice= 2.00
[92341.416390] usb 6-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
[92341.416393] usb 6-1: Product: TEACV0.0
[92341.416396] usb 6-1: Manufacturer: TEACV0.0
[92341.418527] usb-storage 6-1:1.0: USB Mass Storage device detected
[92341.418983] scsi host7: usb-storage 6-1:1.0
[92342.461444] scsi 7:0:0:0: Direct-Access     TEAC     USB UF000x       0.00 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0 CCS
[92342.462446] sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi generic sg3 type 0
[92342.493345] sd 7:0:0:0: Power-on or device reset occurred
[92342.557416] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] 2880 512-byte logical blocks: (1.47 MB/1.41 MiB)
[92342.589404] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Write Protect is off
[92342.589410] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Mode Sense: 00 46 02 00
[92342.621405] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] No Caching mode page found
[92342.621416] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Assuming drive cache: write through
[92350.685241] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92350.685249] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92350.685255] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92350.685260] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92350.685264] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92350.685272] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92358.525066] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92358.525072] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92358.525075] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92358.525079] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92358.525081] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92358.525087] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92366.364914] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92366.364920] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92366.364925] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92366.364931] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92366.364935] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92366.364943] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92374.204771] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92374.204779] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92374.204784] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92374.204789] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92374.204793] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92374.204802] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92374.204834] ldm_validate_partition_table(): Disk read failed.
[92382.044607] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92382.044613] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92382.044617] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92382.044621] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92382.044624] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92382.044631] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92389.884476] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92389.884483] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92389.884488] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92389.884493] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92389.884497] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92389.884506] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92397.724317] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92397.724321] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92397.724325] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92397.724329] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92397.724331] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92397.724338] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92405.564185] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92405.564193] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92405.564198] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92405.564204] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92405.564208] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92405.564218] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92405.564247] Dev sdc: unable to read RDB block 0
[92413.436022] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92413.436030] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92413.436035] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92413.436041] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92413.436044] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92413.436053] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92421.275888] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92421.275896] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92421.275902] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92421.275907] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92421.275911] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92421.275920] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92429.051721] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92429.051726] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92429.051729] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92429.051733] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 18 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92429.051736] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 24
[92429.051743] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 3, async page read
[92436.891607] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92436.891614] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92436.891620] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92436.891626] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92436.891629] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92436.891638] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92436.891664]  sdc: unable to read partition table
[92437.083608] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] Attached SCSI removable disk
[92438.395553] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92438.395561] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92438.395567] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92438.395572] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92438.395576] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92446.235399] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92446.235405] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92446.235410] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92446.235414] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92446.235417] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92446.235426] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92454.139242] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92454.139249] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92454.139254] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92454.139258] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92454.139262] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92454.139272] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92462.043098] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92462.043106] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92462.043111] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92462.043116] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92462.043119] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92462.043128] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92469.914965] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92469.914973] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92469.914979] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92469.914985] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92469.914988] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92469.914998] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92477.818813] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92477.818822] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92477.818828] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92477.818834] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92477.818838] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92477.818848] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92485.722657] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92485.722664] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92485.722669] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92485.722675] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92485.722679] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92485.722689] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 0, async page read
[92493.626519] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92493.626527] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92493.626532] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92493.626538] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 18 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92493.626542] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 24
[92493.626551] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 3, async page read
[92495.098566] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92495.098573] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92495.098578] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92495.098583] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92495.098587] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 8
[92502.970335] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92502.970342] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92502.970348] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92502.970353] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 08 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92502.970357] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 8
[92502.970367] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 1, async page read
[92510.906161] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92510.906167] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92510.906172] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92510.906178] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 80 00 00 08 00 00 00
[92510.906181] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 128
[92510.906191] Buffer I/O error on dev sdc, logical block 16, async page read
[92518.842035] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92518.842043] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92518.842048] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92518.842054] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 02 00 00 00
[92518.842058] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 2
[92518.842095] EXT4-fs (sdc): unable to read superblock
[92526.777879] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92526.777887] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92526.777892] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92526.777898] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 02 00 00 00
[92526.777902] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 2
[92526.777939] EXT4-fs (sdc): unable to read superblock
[92534.681729] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92534.681737] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92534.681742] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92534.681748] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 02 00 00 02 00 00 00
[92534.681751] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 2
[92534.681792] EXT4-fs (sdc): unable to read superblock
[92542.617574] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 FAILED Result: hostbyte=DID_OK driverbyte=DRIVER_SENSE
[92542.617581] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Sense Key : Medium Error [current]
[92542.617587] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 Add. Sense: Incompatible medium installed
[92542.617592] sd 7:0:0:0: [sdc] tag#0 CDB: Read(10) 28 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01 00 00 00
[92542.617595] print_req_error: I/O error, dev sdc, sector 0
[92542.617632] FAT-fs (sdc): unable to read boot sector
 


sliptonic

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That reply didn't make sense to me so I picked up on the second suggestion that perhaps stack overflow was the wrong location.
The travan drive was designed to plug into a standard floppy ide drive connector. Why would it require the adapter to have travan software running?
Is it possible to create the usb tape drive subprofile manually? How do I do that?
 

KGIII

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Ah, so it wasn't anything special - it just tucked right into a bog-standard IDE connection?

I did a bunch of reading yesterday and came across a few links that looked interesting. My understanding was that it'd need to be a direct connection to the floppy IDE (the intervening USB may not know how to deal with that type of connection - was what I was thinking). But, if everything is pretty much standard - it may still work.

This was one of the links I came across:


From that link, and a few others, it looked like it'd be a SCSI device.

This is stuff is all very, very old...


With this stuff being so old, it may be worth trying in a VM with an earlier kernel - one that matches the kernels in use for the sites above.
 
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