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PC Hardware in a Nutshell, Second Edition by Barbara Fritchman Thompson, Robert Bruce Thompson

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Installing a SCSI Hard Disk

When installing and configuring a SCSI hard disk, use the following guidelines:

  • If possible, avoid mixing different types of SCSI devices on the same bus. For example, if your system has a Wide Ultra2 SCSI hard disk and Ultra-SCSI CD-ROM, CD-RW, and tape drives installed, put the fast hard disk on its own SCSI bus and install the slower SCSI devices on a separate SCSI bus. If necessary, purchase and install an inexpensive SCSI host adapter to support the slower devices.

  • For easiest installation and configuration, use all SCAM-compliant devices. SCAM-compliant drives allow a SCAM-compliant host adapter to set the drive’s SCSI ID and termination status automatically. SCAM-tolerant drives report their SCSI ID and termination status to the adapter, but you must manually change settings on the drive if SCSI ID and/or termination need to be altered. Non-SCAM drives neither report their current settings to the adapter nor allow the adapter to reset them automatically. When using non-SCAM devices, you must manually verify settings and change them as necessary.

  • Many SCSI problems are cable-related. The cables supplied with SCSI hard disks and host adapters are usually of decent quality, but we’ve seen some truly horrible ones. Good SCSI cables aren’t cheap, and the $3 ones you find in the bin at computer stores should be avoided. We’ve always found Adaptec SCSI cables to be both reasonably priced and of high quality.

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