Subject: Re: DEC Storage
To: H. Jared Agnew <>
From: Simon Burge <>
List: port-pmax
Date: 04/02/2002 13:54:47
"H. Jared Agnew" wrote:

>   Wondering if there was a storage expansion box sold with the same foot
> print as the 5000/2[0,4,6]0, or were the expansion units that DEC sold with
> these machine the same box as [VAX,DEC]server 3100?

You either bought SZ12's or SZ16's with 5000/2x0's.  The SZ12 is the
same size as the 3100's and the SZ16 is the same as the vaxstation
4000/90.  They were also sold with the (hot?) pluggable modular storage
units that took the RZ2x drives - the BA-353 that sits three disks
horizontally or the BA-350 that sits seven disks vertically and is

>   Second I was looking for help with purchasing drives for my DEC 5000.
> The drives I have purchased off of ebay have all died slow deaths and I'd like
> to purchase a new drive.  I think I'm correct in saying that these machines
> have SCSI-2 NCR controllers on board, but that is about where my knowledge
> stops.  What drives will work, any SCSI drive that isn't HVD and has a fifty
> pin connection (or can be converted to 50pin)?  Does that include Ultra SCSI-2
> or Fast SCSI-2, or even SCSI-3?

You should be be safe with plain old SCSI-2 disks.  I don't know how
you'd go with anything newer - I've only used DEC disks on my pmaxen.
If you've been having slow death problems I'd almost suspect a cooling
problem of some sort.

Simon Burge                            <>
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