80 Pin SCSI Drives in Older Macs

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  1. bunnspecial macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    My department has been undergoing a massive cleaning lately, which has resulted in me bringing home a lot of goodies-some of which I've posted about lately.

    Anyway, one of the labs being shut-down(PI died about a year ago) was a computational chem lab that was state of the art in roughly 2000. I gutted the hard drives and RAM out of a couple of 4x Pentium II workstations, and also brought home a tower with 2x Pentium IIIs and some other nice goodies.

    In any case, I stopped in today and the guy in charge of moving everything out handed me a box and asked if I wanted it...tucked down in side of it were 8 carefully packed Seagate Cheetah 80-pin SCSI drives. Between these(new) drives and the ones I pulled from the workstations, I have a dozen of these drives lying around. Most of them are in the 8gb range.

    I also have a couple of 68-pin drives from this same lab.

    More than likely, I can probably snag a few more when the server rack gets broken down, although I don't know if they will be 68 pin or 80 pin.

    Looking on Ebay, I see a couple of 80-pin to 50-pin adapters. Does anyone have any experience using these adapters in older Macs?

    The fact these are 15-year old enterprise-class drives as opposed to 20-30 year old consumer grade drives is appealing to me.
     
  2. DZ/015 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm using the 80 to 50 adapter on a 32GB cheetah drive in my beige G3. No problems at all. Had it plugged into the logicboard and now into a JackHammer pci card. Works well either way. As long as there is room for the adapter, there should be no problem.
     
  3. bunnspecial thread starter macrumors 603

    bunnspecial

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    Thanks! I'll head over to Ebay and pick up a couple. I just need to decide if I want to spend $6 and get then next week or $3 and wait for the slow boat from China.
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    Yeah, they work fine with the adapter. I ran a 9 GB, 10,000 RPM SCA (80-pin native) Ultra-160 SCSI drive in my SE/30 for many years through an SCA-to-50-pin adapter
     

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