[geeks] Say you wanted to...
Charles Shannon Hendrix
shannon at widomaker.com
Sat Apr 7 10:58:10 CDT 2007
On Fri, 06 Apr 2007 09:52:17 -0500 (CDT)
Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at verizon.net> wrote:
> ...build up a system with 4 hot-swap SCSI drives (1" 80 pin SCA) for not a
> lot of money - what would you get? I came across this in a recent email,
> and if they are at all decent they are probably worth what they cost
> ($19.99 + S/H):
If it were not so hard to find decent SCSI drives, I'd probably get one and
build a little PC server. For that matter, I could use this for a Sun
A lot of the cost difference with ATA versus SCSI now is capability.
If you compare drives of similar speed and capacity, the price difference
isn't that huge, for example:
- 10K rpm 36GB Western Digital Raptor, ~$120
- 10K rpm 36GB Fujitsu Enterprise, ~$120
The prices for those two fluctuates quite a bit, but they usually remain
The problem is they stopped making all of the low end SCSI drives, and I
think that is a real shame.
So far I've gotten my drives just by being patient and bidding low on decent
finds until I get one. That's the only way I've found so far to get SCSI
drives in good condition, for a good price.
As someone else here said once, I find more stuff when I'm not really looking.
I automate very limited searches, and get a surprise now and then.
For example, I got a fairly new 9GB Fujitsu Enterprise for my Ultra 1 as a
surprise one day when a search fired off for one with under an hour to go,
buy-it-now, and under $20. No one had wanted it, so I snapped it up for
But, this is no way to buy drives when you need them some time soon.
Still, if you guys need a drive some time down the road, you might try
automating a really restrictive search and then just forget about it.
> Looks like it takes a 68 pin cable connection and requires 3x 5 1/4" drive
> Thought some here would be interested...
Yeah, it's making me think of converting my old external drive cage to wide
SCSI, and put one of these in it.
I should probably leave it alone...
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