[rescue] has anyone used >72GB drives in a 280R?

Doug Simmons dsimmons at lib.siu.edu
Wed Nov 14 14:44:10 CST 2007

I can now say authoritatively that yes, someone has. A 300GB fujitsu
drive is now spinning happily in a 280R as I type this. Thanks again to
everyone for their suggestions and input.

I will post an update if any temp issues arise...

Doug Simmons

-----Original Message-----
From: rescue-bounces at sunhelp.org [mailto:rescue-bounces at sunhelp.org] On
Behalf Of Carl R. Friend
Sent: Wednesday, November 07, 2007 4:34 PM
To: The Rescue List
Subject: Re: [rescue] has anyone used >72GB drives in a 280R?

    On Tue, 6 Nov 2007, Magnus wrote:

> Doug Simmons wrote:
>> Sun says that anything over 72gb in a 280r is an unsupported
>> configuration. But, is it a POSSIBLE unsupported configuration?
> I would expect it to work.  I've used higher capacity drives than
> that in older Suns than that.

    I'm in the process of testing an ANSI-standard buttload of
SCSI disks I've been accumulating at home on the only system
with available SCSI address space -- a SPARCstation 2.  I can
attest that 36 gig drives are recognised and work as far as
"format" is concerned -- and 36 gig drives weren't even in
existence when the SS2 (and SunOS 2.5.1, which the thing runs)
was created.

    Generally, "supported" configurations are never updated once
hardware is put into production; you're stuch with the technology
that was available at the time when they were first "certified".
This is not to say, however, that it won't work; most of the time
it will, some of the time it won't (viz the 1 gig limit on boot
disks for VAXstations).  Only testing will tell.

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