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hi i have a rig which uses SCSI HDD its a main stream server platform now i was wondering if there is an adapter or something for SCSI to IDE because the drive is only 2GB in size

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for starters the term scsi is way to general to know anything in most cases. there also is no such thing as "mainstream" in scsi land... and you'll soon see why.

 

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physical external connectors

 

and that's not even getting into the internal connector types.

 

 

then you have the variants in each type... for example the 68 pin internal you could be dealing with UW-LVD, U2W-LVD, U160-LVD, U320-LVD.

 

 

and finally, converting it to IDE is impossible. why? SCSI = sustained transfer rate, IDE = burst transfer rate (hence the reason scsi found it's home in servers and professional workstations). which would simply lead to a serious bandwidth issue and total loss of information.

 

 

oh yeah... and there's that part about ANY adapter in scsi land... cost ineffective would be the case as well. for any internal connector you should be expecting to pay atleast $25 retail. aka making a 2gb drive not worth messing with (but that should go without saying for more obvious reasons)

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if that's the case then it's one of two things going on.

 

 

either it's so old that it's a 486... in which case you're also toast on adding in a modern IDE drive because of the lack of UDMA support.

 

 

or you're looking at a 50 pin ultra scsi connector.

 

 

 

 

at anyrate what are you trying to use this thing for?

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haven't seen the case... so no idea what you've got

 

 

 

 

at the same time a server is not defined by it's case, nor any of it's hardware... not even by it's software. a server is defined by it's use.

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it only has one IDE port and that seems to be for the optical drive :( any ideas what i can do about this?

get an IDE cable with three connectors on it (mobo, HDD, cd/dvd)

 

master: HDD

slave: CD/DVD

 

erm.. problem solved?

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thats a verry good point its a compaq professional workstation with 1 pentium pro cpu

I think you'd be better off finding a scrap computer on Ebay than getting that ancient thing up and running.

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I think you'd be better off finding a scrap computer on Ebay than getting that ancient thing up and running.

 

 

I couldn't agree more. that's 150-200mhz system. dog slow is what your'e looking at.

 

 

you could build a low end socket 754 sempron for less than $300 that will blow it out of the water.

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