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November 1, 2016, 7:55 pm
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Mostly just for older (legacy) equipment. I've still got one CD-R
burner, an HP scanner, and some DAT drives which use SCSI. All of
these are 5-10 years old.
Newer equipment has moved to other standards, almost all
serial-bus of one sort or another (SCSI's parallel-bus architecture
doesn't play well, or cheaply, at high speeds). SATA, SAS, Fiber
Channel, USB, Ethernet etc. are much more common these days.
November 1, 2016, 9:18 pm
Thanks - I had a HP scanner that I expected to continue using indefinitely,
the card that came with it was 8 bit ISA. When I upgraded out the ISA
motherboards, I couldn't get the install disc to recognise a generic SCSI
Over a decade ago; there were loads of SH SCSI HDDs around - but nothing big
enough to bother with now.
Yeah. Unfortunately, a lot of the DOS and Windows software for
scanners and similar special-use peripherals was coded up to talk
directly to a specific model of interface card, and would work with
If you were exceptionally lucky, the vendor would have provided a
higher-level API such as TWAIN, which could run on top of a more
generic hardware-driver interface (e.g. on top of the generic ASPI
interface to SCSI cards that provided such a driver).
If you're stuck... consider dual-booting a Linux distribution. Linux
has support for all of the popular SCSI interface cards, and the Linux
scanner interface software ("SANE") has back-end drivers for most
popular scanners (SCSI and otherwise). I'm using an old HP legal-size
flatbed scanner with an Adaptec PCI SCSI interface card... works fine.
November 2, 2016, 8:32 pm
- Computer Nerd Kev
November 3, 2016, 9:50 pm
Ex-server used SCSI HDDs seem to go cheaply on Ebay because the usual
used HDD customer base can't interface with them. Could be handy if
you want to set up a networked storage box with RAID for redundancy, or
something like that.
If you haven't delt with it before, make sure to read up on standards,
rules for terminating, etc. Adapters are available cheaply from Chinese
Beyond HDDs, I don't think much has used SCSI in (relatively) recent
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November 3, 2016, 7:35 pm
The same salvage source yielded a HP helical scan tape drive and a box of
tape cartridges - its currently the only SCSI peripheral in my possession.
The cartridges are 12Gb - not even better than a cheap flash drive.
No sign of drivers on the HP support page, but they could be included in XP.
Its the sort of thing I have to be pretty bored to bother finding out.
If I put critical data on those tapes and the drive went tits up - it could
be a long wait to find a replacement.
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