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calgar 17th May, 2005 02:31 PM

SCA hard drives
well, i just found out that the hard drives that i got for my server have SCA SCSI connectors (who does scsi have to have so many differnt kinds! ack) how can i connect this to my servers mobo headers?

btw, i have 5 of these, and need to do it the cheapest way possible

GrahamGarside 17th May, 2005 02:33 PM

What kind of motherboard do you have?

calgar 17th May, 2005 02:48 PM

its a....

*goes and gets the board*

well it says on it its a "super p6dbs rev 2.00"

but it has both kinds of scsi connectors on it, and its a dual p2 board

Gizmo 17th May, 2005 02:51 PM

You can get SCA to SCSI adapters for about $5 each, or thereabouts. Just make sure you get the right adapter (50 or 68-pin) for your cable. I'm guessing you probably have a mobo that uses wide SCSI (68-pin).

Something like this would work.

Dealing on E-Bay always has an element of risk, but I've dealt successfully with this vendor on several occasions. Just remember, you pays your money, you takes your chances.

If you prefer not to buy through E-Bay, then my recommendation would be these people. Call them up, tell them what you want, and they can fix you right up. Costs more, but their stuff is top drawer.

Gizmo 17th May, 2005 02:56 PM

BTW, I forgot to mention that those E-Bay adapters are U2-SCSI (also refered to as SCSI-III). If your mobo and drives are Ultra-160 or Ultra-320, those adapters probably will not work. In that case, you'll need to go to TMC.

tottyspotter 17th May, 2005 02:56 PM

Calgar, here's a guy i've used before.

£4.50 total. Not too bad. I had the same problem as you, new drives, old connectors in the server. The drives were both U320 and worked fine with this adapter.

calgar 17th May, 2005 03:03 PM

thats sorta what i need, but i have 5 drives, and 4.50 a peice is more than i payed for the hard drives, heh

and sca connecters are never on mobos as far as i am aware

tottyspotter 17th May, 2005 03:06 PM

Just have a poke around on eBay then, i'm sure you'll find some cheaper. Maybe the seller gizmo recommended ships to the UK?

calgar 17th May, 2005 03:10 PM

it would still be too expensive to get them shipped from the US

and i cant find anything much cheaper than what you posted on ebay

cloasters 17th May, 2005 04:55 PM

I have a couple of SCA adaptors bought for an experiment with SCSI drives a few years ago. TBH, I wouldn't buy SCSI drives that need an adaptor again. Yes, they are less expensive. However, they are made for use in a five bay rack with the hot swap feature. Personally, I hot swap nothing!

The SCA adaptors have a bad reputation for falling off of the drives and mine were $16 each, if I remember right. I suggest using tie-wraps aka cable ties or another "permanent" method to help keep the adaptors in place.

calgar 17th May, 2005 07:13 PM

meh, i have been doing som research myself, and looked on ebay for some of those hot swap caddies, they look pritty cool (as in just asthetically) but their like £50!!

ho hum, and i wouldnt buy them either, but i already did before i knew much about SCSI..... heh

well thanks for the help guys

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