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I have an old Compaq Deskpro XL 560 with a standard SCSI interface. I am looking to buy a big hard drive for it and have found a Seagate Elite-9, 5.25" Full Height 9gb SCSI-2 Hard Drive, 50-pin 11ms. Is this compatible and will I have to do anything special to install it? I had heard that you could put a SCSI-2 drive on a SCSI standard system but the person who told me so wasn't 100 percent sure and I didn't want to buy it without knowing for sure. I have tried to check with Compaq, but as the system has been discontinued for so long, the newest specs they had were from before hard drives broke the 4 gig limit.  Any help would be appreciated.
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justbob@pnv.net
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My understanding of scsi devices says that there is no way you will have success running a scsi 2 device on a scsi 1 adapter. In some instances the connectors will be exactly the same but dont let this sway you. There are many complex issues here that would take days of spiel to go into.. Save your cash and keep looking for a scsi 1 replacement.. To reinforce this visit http://www.scsi.org for indepth clarification.
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I forgot to add you could always try the combo if it wasnt going to cost to much. But is it worth it !! It may just work and it may not, like I said lots of issues in this one..
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The included link told me everything I have been looking for, even the info found there seems to contradict the answer given.  Thanx!!!
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