newb questions about SCSI hard drives

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  1. Guest

    I intend to buy a "Maxtor Atlas 10k IV 36.7GB U320 SCA" from for
    £138 (

    1) Do Maxtor SCSI hard drives come with a:

    a) SCSI PCI Adapter?

    b) SCSI Cable?

    2) Is the installation of a SCSI hard drive similar to installing an IDE
    hard drive?

    3) Can I set the SCSI hard drive as C: drive and connect 2 other IDE hard
    drives to the KT400 motherboard and have them act as D: and E: drives
    respectively in Windows XP?

, Jun 24, 2003
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  2. Howdy!

    Most likely not at that price. An Ultra-320 controller will set you
    back more than that.
    Again, I'd bet not. But ask DABS.
    Yes - and no. You go through the SCSI controller instead of the IDE
    controller. But once the controller and drive see each other, the other
    steps are the same.
    Depends on the motherboard, but it's a rare one that can't be set to
    boot from SCSI first.

    Since you didn't mention a manufacturer for the motherboard, I
    couldn't verify, but I'd bet yes.

    Ralph Wade Phillips, Jun 24, 2003
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    Plato Guest

    Do they have a telephone number??????
    Plato, Jun 24, 2003

    Alien Zord Guest

    1) No and no

    2) You need to set the SCSI ID otherwise the installation is similar to
    IDE. As it is SCA drive (Self Contained Adapter, 80 pin connector) and
    wide SCSI cables are 68 pin you'll need either an 80 to 68 pin adapter
    or a SCA enclosure or rack that generally take between 1 and 5 hard
    drives and are expensive, 30 UKP for a single drive draw to 200 UKP for
    a hot swap 5 drive module.
    See here:
    As LVD drives usually do not have on-board terminators you will also
    need an external one, 15 to 30 UKP.
    U320 controller will set you back 300 UKP plus and needs a 64 bit PCI
    slot, your mobo does not have that. U160 controllers are 150 to 220 UKP
    and fit standard 32 bit PCI slots.

    3) Yes

    As you can see to fit a single high performance SCSI drive to a desktop
    machine is a bad idea. And you would hardly notice any performance
    increase over good IDE especially the new SATA drives.
    Alien Zord, Jun 24, 2003

    fred do Guest

    Oh right!
    Thank you misfit.

    fred do, Jun 24, 2003
  6. Howdy!

    First off, if you don't know what a SCA is, I'd not mess with SCSI.

    Second, Hell, NO. It's a hot-swap 80 pin connector.

    Third - you just upped the ante on that drive by another $100US or
    so, to get the proper chassis to plug it into.

    Why do you want SCSI? Even at 10,000 RPM - you can buy SATA drives
    at 10,000 RPM, and they're bigger than 36G.

    Ralph Wade Phillips, Jun 24, 2003

    ~misfit~ Guest

    You can get an adapter to change the regular SCSI interface and molex plug
    to SCA, about $5, I've got one sitting right here.


    AMD Athlon XP1800+ T'bred 'B' core @ 1950Mhz. Standard HSF and vcore.
    ~misfit~, Jun 25, 2003

    Overlord Guest

    Nope! A drive is just a drive. You need to get your own adapter
    card. However, for a single drive, and with the possible exception of
    really antique adapter cards(which will not Boot from a drive), just
    about any lower end SCSI card will run your drive tho with possibly
    diminshed speed; Narrow, Wide, Ultra, UltraWide, U2W, LVD, Ultra160,
    Ultra320.... Thus you can get by with a $10 card for the interim if
    you're buying used.
    Nope! You need to get your own unless it's some sort of package
    deal... the chances of which are vanishingly remote.
    Nope! One long specialized long ass cable. For your drive (which
    will not terminate with jumpers on the drive) you will need a little
    plastic/electronic terminator on the last connector on the cable.
    Some cables come with terminators on them. Make sure it's rated for
    SCSI drives are differentiated from each other by ID numbers set with
    jumpers on the drives. For your purposes we'll say ID0 thru ID15.
    You can probably get by with a single drive setting no jumpers as the
    drive will default to ID0, the first drive the card looks for by
    default to boot from.
    SCA is an 80pin hot swap drive. In other words there will be no other
    connectors on the drive (generally) other than the 80pin connector.
    That Includes power connections! The 80pin cable, connected to a
    backplane supplies the drive power. You need an adapter, rated U320,
    to change the 80pin connector on the SCSI drive to 68pin (some also
    have 50pin) and a separate Molex 4pin power connector. It will look
    like a tiny circuit board about the width of the drive with connectors
    and a few jumpers.
    SCSI cables have very specific rules about the spacing, lengths, and
    stubs on the cable. With a single drive, they're pretty much moot.
    Dunno.... most likely you can. Motherboard should support it.
    Especially if you don't have bootable partitions on the IDE drives.
    Last drive I had that wasn't SCSI was a doublespaced 10meg MFM
    BTW, my 15k drives are quieter than my 10k drives but a lot hotter!
    Even with 10k drives you should keep an eye on the cooling....
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    Overlord, Jun 26, 2003
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