Re: 3.5 inch drive

jestabro@amt.tay1.dec.com
Tue, 05 Nov 1996 22:40:23 +0500

>>> Adam Forsyth said:
> I talked to the company that sold me my UDB today(Asking when it would
> come). They tell me that they have a special bracket that will allow me
> to install an internal 3.5 inch Hard Drive rather than a 2.5 inch one.
> The catch is that I will have to forefit the PCI slot to the space the
> larger drive will take up. My Question is does anybody see any drawbacks
> to doing that, or something I would definately need to install in the PCI
> slot(ie a monitor card if it didn't come with a built in monitor port, or
> something like that that I'm overlooking.)

Possible inhabitants of that PCI slot: VGA controller (but there's already
a graphics controller on the motherboard), SCSI controller (ditto), or
Ethernet (yup, ditto). (There are others, but these important/common ones
are already taken care of.) Depends entirely on what you intend to use the
box for. Replacing the small and slow 2.5-inch drive is one of the best
things you can do for a UDB.

MAKE SURE THAT THE EXTERNAL SCSI PORT IS STILL AVAILABLE! Depending on the
model of riser card that is installed, the cable for the external SCSI port
may not be installed, so if you want to be able to hang external drives onto
the UDB, ensure that it's still connected and working.

> Would it be a SCSI-II Fast or Wide HD that I would need, I don't know
> what the difference is between the two.

SCSI-II Fast, *not* Wide, as the builtin controller is not capable of Wide.

--Jay++

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