I have an Ultra320 15Krpm 72.8GB drive (HP model number BF0728A4CB)
that I took out of an ES45 (from a hot-swap BA610-6D drive cage). I'd
like to use the drvie on a PC.
I have a Ultra320 Single channel PCIe SCSI Host Bus adapter card (HP
439946-001) for the PC. I've used this card successfully with an
SDLT320 tape drive in a desktop enclosure.
What do I order to get a desktop enclosure for the disk drive? It
doesn't need to have 6 slots. I'd be happy with just one. But I need
something that I can slide the disk drive into.
I want a desktop enclosure that is standalone, not something that
requires a certain kind of computer.
AFAIK, no good option exists. Last small external SCSI enclosures
I've seen were for CD drives and most of twenty years ago, too. Those
were obviously not configured for Universal drives, either.
As for an alternative approach, a 5 TB external disk with USB 3.0 costs
around US$120 on Amazon. You'll very likely spend more than that
getting any Universal HDD connected and working on an arbitrary x86
box, in parts and time and hassles. I've not encountered a small
external enclosure for the Universal disks. You're probably going to
end up building that from an existing cage, or maybe 3D printing an
enclosure. If you want to use the sled, then you're going to have to
figure out how to get power and cooling for the cage, too. Buf if
that's what you really need, here are some of the parts that can be
useful when fabricating your own...
If your PC has enough room for a cage... Some of the following MIGHT
work — the specs are a little unclear if these are all SCSI Universal
cages, but it's worth rummaging, and I've NOT confirmed that all of
these are cages for the SCSI Universal HDD series. Also wiring for the
power connection and sufficient cooling...
Two-slot cage part number (one 1" and one 1.6" bay): 244059-B21
Some doc for 359719-001 and 371722-001 :
The AlphaServer DS10 series had a small front storage cage option
around that might also work here, as a starting point for constructing
your own enclosure.
The SCSI disk in the sled can be removed easily, and the connectors are
standard. Retrofitting the disk into a different box or replacing the
disk in the sled are both feasible. Getting power into the cage can
be more interesting, as the connectors likely aren't found on systems
other than ProLiant and Alpha and equivalent server hardware. You'll
likely end up cutting off and replacing the connectors. Cooling, too,
as the cages don't have fans.
Alternatively, scrounge up one of the 4300-series enclosures or
analogs, some HDD blanks for the empty bays, and use that. These are
unfortunately also big, ugly and loud. But that's the least-hassle
approach, if you don't want to build and power and cool a cage in a
scrounged or 3D printed enclosure.
TL;DR: AFAIK, no good options exist for getting Universal sleds
connected to arbitrary x86 boxes whether internal or external.
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