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12th January 2013, 12:15 PM
Hi All
I am looking at making my Vintage Macs a lot more future prooft- So I was looking into this adaptor
IDE PATA ATA to SCSI ULTRA3 ULTRA320 U320 Converter adaptor | eBay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/IDE-PATA-ATA-to-SCSI-ULTRA3-ULTRA320-U320-Converter-adaptor-/121039583336?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_15&hash=item1c2e857868&_uhb=1#ht_1112wt_986)

Would it work in Internal SCSI drives of 68K Macs?


12th January 2013, 01:04 PM
I don't see any electronics? It looks more like an adapter for a SAS drive to IDE (similar to IDE to SATA adapter). Don't think it'd be much use to us folk.

12th January 2013, 01:22 PM
Where would I be able to find an inexpensive solution?

12th January 2013, 01:35 PM
Haven't seen any "inexpensive" solutions, but have been tempted by the CF-PowerMonster and CF-AztecMonster adapters

CF PowerMonster II CF-2.5" SCSI Converter Card | eBay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CF-PowerMonster-II-CF-2-5-SCSI-Converter-Card-/300843635934?pt=US_Vintage_Computing_Parts_Accesso ries&hash=item460bad94de&_uhb=1#ht_500wt_1205)

CF AztecMonster CF-3.5" SCSI Converter Card for Mac, AKAI sampler | eBay (http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/CF-AztecMonster-CF-3-5-SCSI-Converter-Card-for-Mac-AKAI-sampler-/261153224227?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3ccdf1f623&_uhb=1#ht_500wt_1205)

12th January 2013, 01:40 PM
Is there any other way to get to a newer interface?
I'm willing to buy from people......

13th January 2013, 12:26 PM
Do your old Macs have PCI slots? If so, the best solution is a PCI IDE card such as this: Sonnet Tempo ATA100 PCI Host Adapter Card | eBay (http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sonnet-Tempo-ATA100-PCI-Host-Adapter-Card-/321053182912?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4ac042cbc0)

13th January 2013, 01:06 PM
or just use an external SCSI drive if your older Macs support it.

13th January 2013, 01:18 PM
But using an external scsi drive defeats the purpose- scsi drives are dying, they are not made anymore and they are going to be unreliable compared to a newer IDE drive or compact flash .

I'm guessing that the only option are those Aztec Monster things- I was just desperately hoping that there was something cheaper :/

13th January 2013, 02:49 PM
I was planning on using an external SCSI Zip drive, that way I can have a ZipDisk for each machine, and use the USB Zip drive for updates from more "modern" (less old) machines.

13th January 2013, 04:27 PM
Sorry I went blank for a second there forgetting that HDs are not the only external scsi Device:p

14th January 2013, 08:50 AM
3.5" SCSI hard disks are still in plentiful supply and cheap to obtain. With later model SCSI drives (ultra SCSI, U320) there are also adapters around to go to 50-pin SCSI (some work, some don't). I'd bet that once SCSI drives do become scarcer, more affordable adapters will be developed :)

14th January 2013, 09:28 AM
Where is this plentiful supply of SCSI drives though??????
I can never seem to find them :/

15th January 2013, 08:51 AM
Where is this plentiful supply of SCSI drives though??????
I can never seem to find them :/

Me - I've got boxes of them ;)

15th January 2013, 07:59 PM
:D :D

15th January 2013, 08:56 PM
Boxes? wow :)

I don't have many, but have kept the 500MB+ SCSI drives from cannibalised Macs (usually early PPCs that came with nice 2GB ones like 7300s).