SUMMARY: Ultra60 support for large hard drives
jomccall at informaxinc.com
Sat Nov 17 00:54:47 EST 2001
Thanks to Mike (mikelist at sky.net) and Jay Lessert (jayl at accelerant.net) for
the quick replies. Original question and a concise answer from Jay are
below. Agree with Jay on the 'driver' quote which is why I decided to post
to the list.
> Ultra-60, (2) 450 UltraSPARC III procs, 2GB RAM, (2) 36GB internal drives
> running Solaris 8 10/01.
> The user would like to replace one of the internal 36GB drives with an
> (unknown brand). Checked with Sun and they reported that they did not
> provide drivers that would allow this. Anyone out there successfully
> a similar configuration or can verify that it's impossible?
No such thing as an 80GB SCSI drive that *I've* ever heard of, so I
hope you don't have a clueless luser that wants to drop an 80GB IDE
drive into U60.
If it's a 73.xGB, SCA 3.5" drive (those *do* exist), then it will work
just fine, assuming the power consumption is no more than 20-30%
greater than the factory drive it replaces. I've done that in a
previous job, a ST173404LC, I think.
Not supported, of course. If it breaks, it's up to you and the company
who sold you the drive to fix it. But if it's a good drive, it'll
The "did not provide drivers" comment is bizarre. Unlike IDE, the
arbitrary size limits for SCSI are way up over 1TB. Or else an A1000
(to pick a common example) with single SCSI interface and stuffed with
12x36GB drives wouldn't work very well, would it? Either your Sun
contact totally misunderstood what you wanted, or they're a moron, or
they thought you're a moron. :-)
By the way, don't even think about putting that drive in your U60
unless you know *exactly* what the drive is, where it came from, you've
got the datasheet on hand, etc.
Jay Lessert jay_lessert at accelerant.net
Accelerant Networks Inc. (voice)1.503.439.3461
Beaverton OR, USA (fax)1.503.466-9472
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