[rescue] compaq external drive array

Don Y dgy at DakotaCom.Net
Sun Aug 13 21:51:01 CDT 2006

alex at lava-net.com wrote:
> Not sure, haven't been able to get the front open yet.

You should be able to see the "red" latches (they open horizontally)
on either edge of the carrier -- and I think there may be an
LED or two on each sled...

How do you know they are 68 pin?  IIRC, the sleds accept 80
pin SCA drives (but I would have to double check that to
be sure...)

> On Sun, Aug 13, 
> 2006 at 11:01:09AM -0700, Don Y wrote:
>> alex at lava-net.com wrote:
>>> Yeah, I'm pretty sure it's pre dec...the drives are 4.3gb fullheight 
>>> seagates, half compaq firmware and half regular seagate, and I believe 
>>> them to be original, so it's probably from around 95/96...
>>> Iirc, the drives are standard 68-pin that have an adapter to convert 
>>> to some priprietary compaq hotplug system.
>> Ah.  So the drives slip ONTO *sleds* -- with PCB "fingers" to
>> mate to the backplane?  And, the drive itself is encased in
>> a flimsy metal perforated "shield"?  Front edge of the sled
>> has two redish latches that act as "ears" to eject the sled?
>> --don
>>> On Sun, Aug 13, 2006 at 
>>> 01:32:15PM -0400, Bryan Gurney wrote:
>>>> On Sun, 13 Aug 2006 11:24:48 -0400, <alex at lava-net.com> wrote:
>>>>> Hi,
>>>>> Got ahold of an old compaq external drive array that I'm trying to
>>>>> identify.  It doesn't seem to have a model number on it, just says
>>>>> Compaq Proliant on the front door.  It seems to be mid 90s vintage,
>>>>> holds 7 68-pin (?) hdds, and has a 68 pin SCSI connecter on it.
>>>>> My first question is, does anyone know what this could be? even a series
>>>>> would be a good start...
>>>>> Next, how do keys for this work? the door was locked when I got it and
>>>>> it didn't come with a key...the lock has resisted all attempts to be
>>>>> opened, and you can't even get to the back of it to unscrew the cylinder
>>>>> if you take the sides off the case.  The lock is a real lock, not one of
>>>>> those fake ones you can open with a screwdriver.  Would this be a one
>>>>> key fits all situation or would each individual unit have it's own key?
>>>> 68-pin connectors?  Only 7?  A front door?  This sounds like something  
>>>> pre-DEC, and pre-aluminum-tray-caddy.

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