Replace 5200CD internal IDE with SCSI drive
Posted on 1998-07-27
My friend has a Performa 5200CD with an hard drive problem. (As a quick refresher, the 5200 is an "all in 1" design and includes both SCSI and IDE drive support.) The internal IDE drive is acting strange: very slow, frequent errors. I tried reformatting using the formatting program which ships with the Mac, and it says it did its job without any error messages, but still problems persist. Testing using a 3rd party formatter shows lots of errors -- can't even seek much of the time -- but I don't trust it because it is an older version so it may not have proper IDE support.
The SCSI buss is OK (currently starting up from an external Syquest drive) so I can be pretty sure the problem is either in the IDE drive itself or the IDE controller. I don’t know much about the internals of the 5200, but I guess the controller is on the mother board. The only way I know of to diagnose this problem is install a new IDE drive & see if the problem goes away. If it does not, a new mother board is probably required. So, my proposed "solution" is to forget the IDE & get a new internal SCSI drive.
1) Obviously the internal drive bay is cabled for IDE, not SCSI. With the 5200CD is there any way to remove the internal IDE drive & replace it with a SCSI drive? Would I need to get rid of the existing CD drive cable & replace it with a "2 drop" cable? Since the 5200 is very compact, is there even SCSI ribbon cable, or does the CD drive just plug into a connector directly on the mother board?
2) Is there any way to get the formatter which ships with the 5200CD to work with a SCSI drive? When I ran it on the IDE drive, I did not see any way to select a different drive.
Of course, if you have any thoughts about the true source of the problem, that would be appreciated also.