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Updated Got a peripheral tape solution based on floppy and parallel port tape drives? Thinking of upgrading your operating system to Windows 2000? Be careful. Tecmar has just issued a warning that its Ditto drives will not work with Windows 2000. According to a statement from the firm, the operating system does not provide drivers for floppy and parallel port drives and there is no intention to support them in the future. The new Ditto Max Professional drives may also have a problem, it has emerged. One customer who contacted Tecmar was told that now there is no Windows 2000 support for the 14GB and 20GB products, although there may be in the future. Veritas, who write the software, have not been able to give Tecmar a lead time. It has also emerged that the new Ditto products will use Travan 5 technology, and this means that while they will conform to the rest of the Travan 5 products on the market, they will not be backward read compatible with the existing or older Ditto products. The same customer has also contacted Iomega asking about its support strategy for Windows 2000, but so far has not received any reply from the firm. Tecmar says in its statement that it does offer tape solutions that will work with Windows 2000, in particular its SCSI and ATAPI/IDE drives. The message, then, is pretty clear. If you've spent a small fortune in the past on drives based on parallel port and floppy systems, check with the manufacturer to see whether they'll work with Windows 2000 or not. You can find Tecmar's statement here. ®

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