[rescue] Compaq Raid - Came w/ an Alpha Server

Andrew Giedraitis andycadd at earthlink.net
Thu May 1 18:36:30 CDT 2003

I have 2 of the mentioned units 1 just arrived the other is in service works
the personality module [i believe] allows you to go beyond ID's 0-6 by
messing with the dip switches,
otherwise it's just a JBOD   (Just a Bunch Of Disks) there is no info needed
the plug on the module will tell you what to hook it to some drives were
customized for various OS's
it's fairly easy to change the drives but be careful with the cellophane
wiring I trashed 1 at the ID side of the drive

I searched the model number on google got tons of hits all interesting the
knowledgable retailers even tell you what the different model numbers do
just from their offerings

I think yours is a 20mb/s     8-bit system   but I dunno plug it in see what

Andrew Giedraitis

----- Original Message -----
From: "Simeon Johnston" <simeonuj at indivisuallearning.com>
To: <rescue at sunhelp.org>
Sent: Thursday, May 01, 2003 4:44 PM
Subject: [rescue] Compaq Raid - Came w/ an Alpha Server

> We got a bunch of AlphaServers and this raid box.  At least I think it's
> a raid box, maybe it's just a hot swap back plane thing.
> Model # - BA356-SB.  I can't find anything worth a damn on Compaq's
> websight.  I can't find anything worth a damn on Google either.
> Basically, all I've found is that it can take 7 drives or 6 w/ a
> redundant power supply.  The controller in the box may or may not be a
> raid controller, but a "Personality" device (WTF is that?).
> So, what I've found so far is that it's not raid unless you hook it up
> to a raid card.  What exactly the Personality thing does is beyond me.
> It looks freaking sweet except I can't find and f***'n information about
> it.
> Ya, I'm kinda pissed.  COMPAQ's websight SUCKS!  So does HP's!
> Can anyone give me/point me to specifics on what exactly this is, what
> it can be used with and how the set it up?
> What I'd LIKE to do with it is hook it up to our fileserver, which is
> running dangerously low on space.  I'd love to setup the Alpha's and do
> something with those, but I got nothing to use them for.  I'd sell/trade
> them, but they'r Army surplus and we can't sell them, or at least can't
> sell them yet.
> sim
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