[rescue] Wide disk on Narrow bus, reprise

Curious George jorge234q at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 6 18:34:14 CST 2008


--- Jonathan Groll <lists at groll.co.za> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 05, 2008 at 04:26:45PM -0800, Curious
> > Well, I've tried several different ways to get
> > a wide drive onto a narrow SCSI bus (SPARC LX)
> > and can't seem to figure out what is going wrong.
> > 
> > The most promising approaches (for mechanical
> > reasons) used short, in-line adapters to alter
> > the cabling between the drive and the motherboard.
> > 
> > In the first case, I tried installing a 68pin (M)
> > to 50pin (M) adapter on the back of the wide
> drive.
> > In effect, this made the drive *look* like a
> > 50pin narrow drive.  The short ribbon cable
> between
> > the drive and motherboard was then installed.
> > 
> > But, the adapter makes the drive "too long" for
> > the space available in the LX case (i.e., the
> > ribbon cable connector sticks out beyond the
> How about getting an external tape drive enclosure?
> They are quite easy to get hold of, and the innards
> can be replaced
> with your drive in question (and you can power the
> drive with the old
> tape drive's power connectors). Then you just need a
> really long SCSI
> cable to snake out to the external drive....

I have external cases.  I was trying to figure out
how to cram the bigger (capacity) drive into this
nice little LX case -- to *avoid* using an external
case.  :-(

Maybe I'll look around for another *tiny* machine
that uses IDE drives (which are easy to find in
larger sizes)


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