Subject: 2.5" IDE-to-SCSI converters
To: None <,>
From: Miles Nordin <carton@Ivy.NET>
List: port-alpha
Date: 04/18/1999 02:27:54
I saw this on RedHat's Alpha list.  Those of you with Multia's and older
Powerbook's might find this useful.  I plan to get one if I can.

Since we're in a group-purchase mode I thought I'd pass this along,
although the likelihood of the deal actually going through sounds low to
me.  But I suppose expressing your interest might help.

Followups to poster, or email izaak directly if you like.

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Date: Sun, 18 Apr 1999 02:25:34 -0400
From: Izaak Bozof <>
To: Miles Nordin <carton@Ivy.NET>
Subject: Re: Hot Tip: UDB hard drive

Hi Miles

The sample unit I have is used only for 2.5 inch form factor drives (44 pin
ide) and the 2.5" version of the scsi connector on the other side.

it is the same physical size as a 2.5 inch drive, except that it is 7 mm
tall.  it is made to be mounted directly on the ide drive and then attached
to your case.  Thus, it will make a 12.5 mm drive 19.5 mm, etc..

I don't know pricing yet.  I have only found the manufacturer, and there is
no website for them.  They are an industrial and specialty electronics
manu. in Japan.  Don't even ASK me to pronounce the name!! :-)  (something
like Nippon Kogamku Odai).  Apparently they only do oem and specialty run,
so I don't know of any retailers.

If a PB250c means powerbook, then you might already have one.  Some of the
Powerbooks had this unit.  Apple found that 2.5 inch scsi drives were going
the way of the dinosaur and in  their last few scsi powerbooks used this
from their factory.  It was installed with the drive in a single unit -- if
you have one, you can unscrew it from your drive and put any ide drive on
it -- the unit supports up to PIO and EIDE/ATA4 drives.  The unit I have
actually came from a powerbook, but I don't know the number.  They are very


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Date: Fri, 16 Apr 1999 00:45:49 -0400

I don't know if anyone is aware of these, but I have found a company in
Japan that manufactures IDE to SCSI converters for 2.5 inch drives!  I
bought one and plugged my 6 gig IDE IBM thinkpad drive in and voila, I have
SRM reporting that I have a new SCSI hdd in the system.

I am curious if anyone else is interested in this.  The unit I got was
used, and I tracked down the manufacturer from the markings on the unit.
If you are interested, please let me know.  If there are enough people we
can make a bigger purchase.  I have no idea how much they go for new, and I
will be contacting the company next week with a friend (who speaks Japanese).

There is also another model that allows TWO ide hard drives connected to a
scsi interface.  I would love to get one of these and see if I can put two
drives in the system (dump the floppy).

any takers?