[rescue] Sun machines supporting half-height hard drives

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Tue May 3 16:41:18 CDT 2005

On Tue, 3 May 2005, Charles Shannon Hendrix wrote:

> Which Sun machines can handle 1.6" (half height) hard drives?

U1 (one half-height drive, one low-profile in most cases, two low-
profiles in some), U10, U30, U60, E250, E450 (if you're willing to
sacrifice every other slot), and E3000.

> I have a pair of idle 18GB Fujitsu drives that I'd like to use for the
> OS.  They are 68-pin SCSI though.  Could I use them or is that out of
> the question.  Yes, I'd want them internal.

Hmmm.  The 68-pin connector is a showstopper.  You'd need a U10 with a
Symbios^WLSI^WEngenio SCSI card, or an AX[ie] box mounted in an ATX case
for those.

> My memory tells me the E series machines only have the SCA backplane and
> no 68-pin busses, but I figured I'd check here.

Most of them have flexible 68-conductor cabling to the drive cages.
Except in the case of the Exx00 machines, you -could- fit a 68-pin drive
somewhere (say, in the 3.5" bays of a U30/U60) , but it wouldn't be very

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