+ Post New Thread
Results 1 to 6 of 6
Hardware Thread, SCSI and IDE co-existing... in Technical; Okay, Friday afternoon brainfart. Horribly underspecced server with a tiny non raid SCSI HD. Any reason why I can't throw ...
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Derbyshire
    Posts
    1,381
    Thank Post
    181
    Thanked 211 Times in 171 Posts
    Rep Power
    65

    SCSI and IDE co-existing...

    Okay, Friday afternoon brainfart. Horribly underspecced server with a tiny non raid SCSI HD. Any reason why I can't throw a pair of decent IDE drives onto ATA raid controller and use them for additional data storage? Don't want to move any of the OS, just use it for user data. Nagging feeling that it's all going to go pear shaped, but can't think why...

  2. #2
    kestrel1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    New Forest
    Posts
    294
    Thank Post
    3
    Thanked 11 Times in 11 Posts
    Rep Power
    20

    Re: SCSI and IDE co-existing...

    You should be OK to do this. The reason for using SCSI is for the access speeds, but I can't see a reason for any problems. Our system uses all SCSI hard drives, but I use IDE at home over a wireless network with no problems.
    Will work out a lot cheaper as well.

  3. #3

    Norphy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Harpenden
    Posts
    2,493
    Thank Post
    57
    Thanked 346 Times in 267 Posts
    Blog Entries
    6
    Rep Power
    127

    Re: SCSI and IDE co-existing...

    We have several servers with both SCSI and IDE drives, no problems at all.

  4. #4
    ajbritton's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Wandsworth
    Posts
    1,632
    Thank Post
    23
    Thanked 75 Times in 45 Posts
    Rep Power
    34

    Re: SCSI and IDE co-existing...

    What about using something like a Terrastation (inexpensive NAS box with RAID HDDs).

  5. #5

    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    Portsmouth
    Posts
    121
    Thank Post
    48
    Thanked 7 Times in 6 Posts
    Rep Power
    18

    Re: SCSI and IDE co-existing...

    Shouldn't be a problem - if you're going S-ATA or P-ATA RAId, I'd recommended using a plug-in controller card, as opposed to onboard RAID, so that if the motherboard in your server or the plug-in controller goes, you can easily swap out a replacement controller and still have access to your RAID arrays.

    Incidently, my 3 servers at work have 2 S-ATA RAID arrays and LTO-2 tape drives hanging off the SCSI controller in each of them. I've also run SCSI / IDE on my personal system at home a few years back without any problems. In fact, I once had a plug-in ATA card, plus the two on-board ATA channels and a plug-in SCSi controller in the same box which all ran OK.

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Posts
    21
    Thank Post
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
    Rep Power
    0

    Re: SCSI and IDE co-existing...

    Most drive manufacturers run a seperate product line for "Enterprise" drives. These go into servers and are generally rated with a much hight MTBF (mean time between failure).

    Which in practical terms means that if you take a bog-standard IDE drive and run it in a server that's taking a greater work load than a stand-alone PC, then the drive WILL fail quicker than the more expensive "Enterprise" drive.

    The upside is that if you RAID it, when it fails the recovery will just be another cheapo drive. If the server is V.low usage - take the savings.

SHARE:
+ Post New Thread

Similar Threads

  1. New Netgear switch into existing VLAN
    By mullet_man in forum Wireless Networks
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 20th September 2007, 02:32 PM
  2. I Need a SCSI cable
    By Dos_Box in forum Hardware
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 20th August 2007, 12:58 PM
  3. image an existing server
    By CyberNerd in forum Thin Client and Virtual Machines
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 19th February 2007, 10:28 PM
  4. SCSI Troubleshooting
    By Ric_ in forum Hardware
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 1st December 2006, 10:02 AM
  5. Upgrading existing PCs.
    By Norphy in forum Hardware
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 16th March 2006, 02:42 PM

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •