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SCSI hard drive data removal / recovery

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From my DELL Dimension  670 old PC - which is now beyond economical repair -the MBO is faulty and the Power Supply intermittent
 - I have removed the Hard Drive and would like to retrieve my Data from it.
the Drive is a Maxtor ATLAS 3.5 SERIES ULTRA320 SCSI   36GB.
I have a kit which connects to SATA or IDE but not SCSI.
Any ideas on where to go next please?
I do not know if there is a suitable adaptor available?
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by:Thomas Grassi
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It costs more money to buy a SCSI-USB converter (plus performance will be awful), than it costs to get a used SCSI controller card.  One can find a used SCSI card for all of $5.00 on eBay.  Most used PC dealers just toss many of them in the trash.
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Wow! Adaptec UsbXchange $200 on eBay, they are really like rocking horse sh*t! I'm keeping mine until it's worth $1000, won't be that long since they haven't made them for ages.
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Remember you get what you pay for used equipement equates to used problems.
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Admittedly a faulty SCSI controller could kill the drive and lose the data but so could a new one if it's faulty. Short of buying a couple of old disks to test it with before connecting it to the disk with user data on it there isn't much you can do. There might be a local computer shop you can take it to, they won't charge DR rates just to read a working disk to a USB disk or big USB stick and they're bound to have a few old SCSI based PCs lying about.

BTW, your bing link doesn't work for me, end up at ciao.co.uk
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by:John Goodger
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If I can get a CSCI PCI controller card in the UK do I need a lead to connect the drive to it?
I would fit the card into my windows 7 Desktop
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SCSI has all sorts of connectors and cabling options.  I can't begin to tell you what you need.  (Note if it is ancient disk you could have a high voltage differential drive, which will literally fry a HDD or controller if you are using low voltage differential).    You must look up the specs on the HDD by going to the manufacturer's site before buying anything.
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If it has an internal port then probably has the correct connector for the lead you can take out of your old PC. Do you have PCI slots available on your motherboard though or is it PCIe only?
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by:John Goodger
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I can remove an existing PCI card to use the CSCI while I copy the data from it.
My main problem is find ing the correct card to use
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by:Thomas Grassi
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The Dell 670 has an external SCSI connector I see on the specs.

So is your drive enclosed in a case?

If so then the Iomega storage controller - SCSI - USB

would to the trick for you. $80

The Iomega has a 50 pin scsi connector what is your pinning?
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I have already removed the SCSI drive from the DELL and it says 68 pin Wide SCSI on the side of the drive
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Then it is standard low voltage differential.  Any SE or LVD controller will do, whether it has 50 pins, or 68 pins, no matter what connector.  The controller and drive will negotiate speed.   Get the controller for a few dollars on eBay, or if you have a local used computer dealer, then they'll have them for next to nothing.  Then get a cable that matches.   The only thing you know for sure is a 68pin ribbon cable to the HDD. Some cables have built in terminator at the end also
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by:John Goodger
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Thank you - I think that I will do what  dlethe says although getting a controller will be my next challenge.
A link to a suitable one - even though it may not be available in the UK -  would really help.
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http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/ADAPTEC-39160-Ultra-160-SCSI-Card-PCI-U160-64-bit-/350398312785?pt=UK_Computing_ComputerComponents_InterfaceCards&hash=item51955df151 would do I think, can you pull the cable out and check it has 68 pin D plug on motherboard end. You don't want RAID and you donlt want 50 pin or you could have cheaper one.
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I removed the Plug/Lead from the motherboard  and it does have a 68 pin male plug . the lead is about 5 or 5 ft long with 3 more connectors in series. One has Foxconn Ultra 320 on it!
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Addaptec 7902w for £6:50 buy now will do in my last post above, check the pic to see it will plug into your motherboard. You may have PCI rather than PCI-X but that's OK although the rear block of connectors hangs over the motherboard so you have to check it won't foul anything.
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do you mean £5.60 not £6.50?
Link please?
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There's several pages of them to go through, don't get anything over £15 total if from USA since the post office will charge you another £8 for handling VAT, easier to stick to your own country.
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Thank you.
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