I have an alphaserver 1200 with two damaged disks. The exact DEC part is:
PLUGABLE ULTRA WIDE SCSI 4.3GB
3 1/2" 7200 RPM 1 5/8" Height SCSI Hard Disk Drive
I can not find a replacement part so I want to fix it my self. Is the drive in the hotswap box a normal 50 ( or 68 ) pin SCSI drive? How to open it? Or it is not meant to be open by the end user and it is not possible to replace the failed drive inside?
I know that third-party resellers have them in the US, but that doesn't help you much.
However, you can pop the blue case open and replace the drive with a VMS supported SCSI drive (any good quality SCSI drive will likely work okay). The case is mainly just a carrier. Inside are all the typical cables/power connections for the drive, and interfaces it to the connector on the back of the case.
The problem was fixed more than an year ago
Inside these boxes are 1 inch in height SCA drives. They fit even 1,6 inch height drives. (One of the replacements I used is 18G 1.6 inch).
The only tricky part is to open the box - if remember correctly there are no screws, just some plastic pins to push.
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