Subject: VAXStation 4000/90 Hard drive options
To: None <>
From: Mark Wickens <>
List: port-vax
Date: 08/02/2004 14:25:52
Hi all,

A quick question for the VAXen experts out there. Help would very much be

I'd like to know what the maximum drive size is that I can attach to my VAX.
I've never been given a definitive answer, but many people appear to have had
success with drives larger than those 'officially' declared supported. I will
be running OpenVMS.

In particular, I'm wondering whether a Seagate ST39173N which is a 9.1GB 50
pin device will work. There are also several 4.3/4.5GB 50 pin models
available, as well as a huge number of 68 and 80 pin devices that could be
connected via adapters.

I bought a Fujitsu 9.1GB 80 pin SCA drive and attempted to connect this to
 the VAX via an 80 - 50 pin converted but the drive was not recognised
 properly by either the boot rom or OpenVMS.

Thanks for the help,

Mark Wickens
Rhodium Consulting Ltd