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Apr 03, 2011, 20:01 (0 Talkback[s])
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"One of the old parts is an Adaptec 29160 SCSI controller that will host a used Maxtor Atlas 10K4_36LWS 36 GB SCSI drive and a used Seagate ST173404LC ~80 GB SCSI drive. The Seagate, having an 80-pin connector, has an adapter to get it to work with the 68-pin cable for the Adaptec. When I got the "new" server assembled and booted it to run the SCSI disk utilities and reformat the drives, the controller saw the Seagate drive as a 4 GB drive. This just would not do. I needed a BIOS update for the 29160 controller which Adaptec supplies as an .exe for extraction and use with a bootable floppy.

"Here's the problem, my new PC systems all are built without floppy drives. The motherboards do not even have floppy controllers on-board. I have been meaning to buy a USB attached floppy drive Real Soon Now™ for about 2 years and never have. I am doing the work to replace the server this weekend because the old system cannot even be backed up at this point. It gives SCSI errors and reboots if lots of disk calls are made sequentially, which happens when streaming data to the backup server. So, I need to get this server replaced now, today."

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