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Why did SCSI require so many pins?

SCSI, I think, is a serial interface. No, it isn't. SCSI das defined as a parallel interface for high speed data transfer. Though there are modern incarnations using serial transfer, while being ...
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What were practical uses of SCSI floppy drives?

When you're designing a system you might want to avoid messing with floppy controllers. Just implement a SCSI interface as a one-for-all and use SCSI drives, no matter what medium. Clean approach.
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How can I take an image of a 50-pin SCSI hard-drive

If "a more modern machine" includes systems with ISA, PCI or PCI Express slots, it should be easy enough to retrieve the data from the drives. You'll need a SCSI adapter (known as a host bus adapter, ...
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Are there any "modern" SCSI devices?

You cannot plug or connect any SCSI devices. That is not an IDE to SCSI adapter. That is a drive bay for quickly exchanging IDE drives to a computer. The connector is simply a passive connector for ...
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Was the ancestor of SCSI, the SASI protocol, nothing more than a draft?

Some parts of SASI were used in the Atari ST family’s ACSI system, in particular for hard drives connected to that interface — see Application Notes on the Atari Computer System Interface for details. ...
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How to identify the filesystem for an old SCSI drive?

Yes, this is possible. The file utility can recognise many disk partition layouts and file systems. If you connect your drives to your Pentium III system, running a version of Linux, they should ...
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What is the best way to connect an old Tandberg QIC tape drive using today's computers?

The back looks like a 50 Pin Centronics. I am just not sure how I can connect such a device using modern computers, if at all. Any suggestions or guidances would be much appreciated! Well, it seems ...
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Accessing Old Seagate HDD Model ST4350N

This is a SCSI device, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get the data off the device. You need the following pieces of equipment: a SCSI controller, known as a host bus adapter (HBA); these are ...
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What were practical uses of SCSI floppy drives?

For non-PC/home computer systems (UNIX workstations, small implementations of mainframe architectures) it could have been cumbersome to use some of the existing floppy controller chips, since they ...
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What's the pitfalls when trying to connect a new SCSI hard drive to an old SCSI bus?

Bus: yes should negotiate. Device size: possibly okay. If your OS can issue (and your scsi controller supports) a read(16), then you'll get the full capacity. If it only supports read(10), then it'...
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Was the ancestor of SCSI, the SASI protocol, nothing more than a draft?

The SASI protocol, if anything, was used by "The Sider" hard drive for the Apple II series of computers. Though hard drives on the Apple II weren't very common, it wasn't until 1985 that "The Sider" ...
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Role of Termcap under contemporary unices

The role of Termcap in contemporary Unix-style systems is the same as it always has been: it provides a library and database allowing software to adapt to the varying capabilities of different ...
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Apple II: What type of partition tables were used?

ProDOS provides a common device driver API for storage systems, but does not specify a partition table format. Rather, the SCSI (or other) HD interface card has firmware to map partitions to ProDOS ...
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Why did SCSI require so many pins?

Then why did SCSI require so many pins? Differential signaling. The original standard was actually a 25-pin system using an 8-bit parallel signal going in one direction only. There was a separate ...
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Apple II SCSI: Maximum drive / partition size?

The SCSI controller is not a limiting factor. The Apple II SCSI controller electronics, and SCSI protocol, would support accessing the blocks of a very large disk. However, managing those blocks is ...
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Can't boot FAT32 larger than 2GB, unlike FAT16

My hypothesis is as follows: The last time you successfully formatted the drive to be bootable, you did it with something that only understands FAT16 booting, so it installed a boot sector that only ...
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SCSI to USB interface

There’s a related question, How can I take an image of a 50-pin SCSI hard-drive, which covers most approaches available to connect a 50-pin SCSI drive to a recent-ish computer. Limiting options to a ...
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What's the pitfalls when trying to connect a new SCSI hard drive to an old SCSI bus?

Almost all SCSI devices are either 8-bit wide and have a 50-pin connector with single-ended (open collector, no differential drive) electrical signals, or are 16-bit wide, using LVD differential ...
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How do I connect an IDE hard drive to an Amiga 4000 tower?

The Amiga A4000T is the only Amiga to include both a SCSI-II controller and an IDE interface on the motherboard. And, if you can believe the entry in the BBOAH is also THE RAREST home computer ever, ...
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Using floppy disk interface on Future Domain TMC-1680 SCSI ISA card

It's a normal 8272-style floppy interface that just happens to be on the same card as the SCSI controller. It should work in any motherboard with ISA slots, provided the motherboard doesn't have an ...
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Multiple mass storage controllers on Amiga 500 or 2000

The Amiga can support multiple mass storage controllers, subject to the following necessary limitations: Any time multiple controllers are using AutoConfig, each controller must correctly support the ...
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Was the ancestor of SCSI, the SASI protocol, nothing more than a draft?

The point is: When SASI was en vogue (and that was only a very short timeframe, because technology was soon superseded with SCSI and the simpler ST506 and later ATA standards), hard disks weren't very ...
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What is the best way to connect an old Tandberg QIC tape drive using today's computers?

The first thing you need to do is to open the front door of the drive and inspect the rubber roller that drives the tape. It is not uncommon for the roller on old drives to have deteriorated into a ...
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Cannot "see" a SCSI2SD device from a Mac SE/30 in any configuration

By default (without being patched), Apple's stock disk partitioning utility refuses to recognize any SCSI hard drive that isn't on an approved whitelist. This decision to block non-Apple-approved SCSI ...
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Role of Termcap under contemporary unices

Erm. I think here are a few misunderstandings at work. Termcap is a descriptional database about terminal features (*1), not device configurations. In sense of Unix terminals aren't devices, but ...
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How to connect an Apple IIe to an external Sider hard disk drive

I've never used these, but look around on comp.sys.apple2 for answers to your questions ... There are rumours that some of the later Sider models were actually SCSI. Almost all were SASI, which need ...
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How to connect an Apple IIe to an external Sider hard disk drive

If you want to access what is on the disk, most likely you'll need the Xebec SASI interface card (this is what came with the Sider). The ROM versions on the card could make a difference since there ...
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Are there any "modern" SCSI devices?

There's the SCSI2SD which lets you use an SD card as a SCSI hard drive. Other than that, I'm not aware of any recent SCSI devices. Also, SCSI doesn't provide power, making it less suitable for fans or ...
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Cannot "see" a SCSI2SD device from a Mac SE/30 in any configuration

As stated before, you have to format your drive. The apple utility does not support non Apple branded drives. If you have a CD-ROM drive connected to your Apple, you can boot Apple Unix AUX and format ...
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What were practical uses of SCSI floppy drives?

Because the machines using them had no other storage bus. At the end of the 90s I had an (already old) Sun Sparcbook. It only had a SCSI bus, so its built in floppy was SCSI.
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