Can you use a Ultra320 SCSI HD with an Adaptec 29160N?

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  1. Patrick Sun

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    Are the Ultra320 SCSI hard drives usable with the older Adaptec 29160N SCSI card? Or do Ultra320 SCSI hard drives require a SCSI card that can handle Ultra320 SCSI hard drives?
     
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    Yes. You'll need a cable adapter and the card will only run that drive at it's max speed. It'll work (we do this at work) but you won't take advantage of the drives higher speeds.
     
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    Ah, okay, that's good to know. Thanks.
     
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    Ha, I just realized you had 2 questions there...sorry about the ambiguous answer :lol

    I meant

    1. Yes it'll work but....
    2. To get u320 burst speeds you would need specifically a u320 controller and preferrably u320 rated cable since u160 can be shaky.
    3.Also, make sure the other drives in the chain don't force SE operation.
    4. Terminator (if you will use one and not the drive) s/b LVA/SE type

    In your case (and ours), the drive will be hampered by the slower card and not use it's full potential (other than a faster rotation and larger capacity) disk bandwidth will be pitfully slow though.
     

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