Re: IDE and hot-swap disk caddies

Jos Hulzink (
Thu, 28 Mar 2002 00:21:01 +0100 (CET)

On Wed, 27 Mar 2002, Pedro M. Rodrigues wrote:
> You can. Acard for instance makes devices for that. They plug at
> the end of an ide cdrom or harddisk, and interface with scsi. They
> have two models, a 20MB/s one, and an UltraWide model that goes
> up to 40MB/s. It has a small risc cpu and you can even upgrade their
> firmware. A friend of mine ordered one to plug a dvd reader in an
> external scsi box he had lying around - he had all his computer drive
> bays used. He said it worked fine and didn't notice any performance
> hit even when playing dvd's.

Indeed you can... But you disconnect from a SCSI bus then, which is in
fact off topic :) I'm willing to assume those devices are hot-pluggable,
but it is not what we want. Besides, I wonder if it isn't cheaper to buy a
decent SCSI device than an IDE device with converter.


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