Many older drive systems rely on programming tools that will only run on older operating systems. The drive program may run only on an old DOS or Windows operating system. Newer operating systems on modern computers simply laugh when you try to install the drive program.
One way of keeping these old programs operating is to purchase second-hand old computers as needed.
The new method is to install virtual computer software on a modern. The virtual computer looks like just one more window on the computer screen. However, inside this window you can install any older operating system and the drive software.
Virtual computers may allow you to keep your existing drive systems maintained for many more years. There still remain many problems in getting Virtual machines running correctly without freezing or crashing. You may require help from your IT department.