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Access SCSI Hard Drive by USB

Posted on 2012-04-04
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Hi,

I have a couple of hard drive from an old server I wish to access.  
The Hard Drives are:
72.8GB 15000RPM WIDE UL Ultra320 SCSI
HP Model: BF0728A4CB
HP P/N: 360209-010

Can I get a usb adapter to access this drive easily now from my computer?
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by:ded_ch
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Yes, there is a myriade of adapters available for that task:

Here's a few for sale on ebay:  

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_nkw=scsi+to+usb+adapter

Just google SCSI to USB Adapter and you'll find plenty.
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by:harris9999
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Don't seem to be available from the UK.
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by:dlethe
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It will cost MUCH less money just to buy a used adapter SCSI controller.  Converting USB -> SCSI is a difficult thing to do, and the reason there aren't just dozens of bridge products to choose from should serve as a warning that it is an impractical thing to do.   It is like asking for a floppy disk drive that hooks up to a printer port.   It can be done, but it is impractical.
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by:andyalder
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Adaptec USBXchange as rare as rocking horse s***! If you see one at a reasonabl price then buy it.
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by:dlethe
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I've thrown away adaptec 29160 SCSI controllers before, and I know that used equipment dealers typically don't even keep these cards anymore because there are so few people buying them.  So I'd be surprised if you would have to pay more then a few dollars to pick up a PCI or PCI-X or even PCI-e based SCSI controller.  You'll probably pay more for the cable then a used native SCSI adapter ;)
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by:harris9999
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Can one be got to plug into a laptop?
Using the card slot?
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by:andyalder
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Yes, there are cardbus to SCSI adapters, trouble is though they have 25 pin D plugs (same as USBXchange) and you have 80 pin hotplug disks.
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by:dlethe
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I've got a dell latitude with a PCI docking station, but that won't work for you.  There ARE card bus SCSI adapters, but that also means you still have to buy an enclosure to power those disks, which adds to the price. Since you just want to get data off them, then buy an old PC.  Pretty much any 10-year old server that one can get for free if you are willing to pick it up will have a SCSI controller and the power connections.
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by:harris9999
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Would a SCSI to SATA even be an option?
I have a SATA/IDE to USB
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by:dlethe
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No, it doesn't.  Just buy a used SCSI controller on ebay for a few dollars or an ancient server that comes with a SCSI controller.
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Dlethe's right, ancient server (preferably ProLiant so the backplane is available) is preferable, ML350 G3 on ebay for £35 for example (has integrated U320 controller).

Mind you, that's not the way to treat RAM!
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/HP-Compaq-ProLiant-ML350-G3-306945-031-Server-untested-/251032832812?pt=UK_Computing_Networking_SM&hash=item3a72b90b2c
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Make sure it has a dumb, non-RAID controller.  Otherwise you won't be able to get 100% of the blocks on the disk and the controller will want to build a virtual drive and destroy your data in the process.  But really, old HPs, Dell, IBM servers all have SCSI and at least here, they go to recyclers rather then used equipment dealers.   They are too slow, noisy, and old to be worth the effort to even sell as computers, and it is all about the amount of gold on the motherboard that makes even recycling worthwhile.
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by:Mike
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I've requested that this question be deleted for the following reason:

Not enough information to confirm an answer.
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by:dlethe
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I object, the question was asked and answered correctly. There are plenty of products one can use, as ded_ch responded with.  I took a different route saying it would cost less to buy a SCSI adapter.  Both methods answered the question.

The author even asked a followup about something that wouldn't work, and THAT was answered, along with a followup from andyalder.

Points should be split between all experts. This was answered in detail.
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