HP CD Writer Plus 7200e (Parallel)
This CD writer can be connected to PC using parallel port. It offered 1x-2x recording speed with up to 6x reading speed.
Inside case, it was typical IDE drive connected to Shuttle EPAT module to convert parallel port to IDE. And the rest of this page will be about EPAT / EPAT Plus (ECP/EPP-friendly and with better HDD support).
In Windows, after driver installation, EPAT will
become visible as a limited IDE or SCSI controller so CD recorder will be visible
by recording software as connected to computer. In Linux there's a
module, but it probably doesn't work as every hardware older than few
years in Linux. There were few (incompatible with each other) IDE
modules: EPAT, EPEZ, EPIA, and SCSI:
EPST and EPSA. Last EPEZ modules were in fact EPAT/EPAT Plus, installed
in a board like KT Technology's Pocket
EPAT modules were used in many devices. There were card readers, tape streamers, magnetooptic drives, portable hard disks or just hard drive bay systems powered by parallel port EPAT/EPEZ/EPIA modules.
As for today (2013), HP still supplies driver
downloads for this drive under "HP CD-Writer Plus External 7200e Drive"
Not anymore, get manual and XP drivers here.
|Type: CD writer|
Module (External Parallel ATapi) converts typical bi-directional
or EPP/ECP parallel port to IDE controller, which can handle up
to 2 devices. I made many experiments with EPAT few years ago,
building external hard disks, CD drives and other expansions
Power supply pinout (female mini DIN 5, typical
6-pin mini-DIN plug will work after breaking one pin):