DEC Storageworks

Doc Shipley doc at
Sun Feb 4 22:56:36 CST 2018

   The Storageworks cabinets I worked with were all either LVD or SE 
SCSI, no HVD.  All of the RZ26 and some of RZ28 and RZ29 disks that I've 
seen were 50-pin, the rest 80-pin.  I don't recall any 68-pin 
Storageworks drives.

   Then again, my knowledge of that whole ecosystem is VERY anectdotal 
and limited.

   I think the answer you need is "Pop the cans open and look first."


On 2/4/18 10:17 PM, Douglas Taylor via cctech wrote:
> Ben;
> Jbod.  Didn't know what it meant until today.  The computer has 4 SCSI 
> controllers, the Storageworks is operated in a split configuration.  4 
> drives are on a RAID controller, the other 3 are on a normal SCSI 
> controller.
> What I was getting at with replacing the disks in the carrier was 
> exactly what you mentioned; LVD or HVD SCSI.  I don't know what is in 
> there.  Is it 50 pin or 68 or 80 pin.
> Doug
> On 2/4/2018 9:53 PM, Benjamin Huntsman wrote:
>> I want to say the difference is in HVD vs LVD SCSI ...  unless you’ve 
>> swapped out the guts yourself, I’d not mix and match...
>> Then again it’s been forever since I monkeyed with those things and I 
>> could be mistaken...
>> As for opening them, I’ve cracked them open before. It’s possible, but 
>> they were not manufactured to have their drives replaced easily... I 
>> damaged one last time I tried... be careful.
>> Do you have the controller too, or just the jbod?
>> -Ben
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>> On Feb 4, 2018, at 1:42 PM, Douglas Taylor via cctech 
>>> <cctech at> wrote:
>>> The alphaserver 1000a I have has a storageworks array.
>>> The disk carriers are green in color, I see storageworks disks for 
>>> sale on ebay that are blue.  What is the difference? Are they 
>>> interchangeable?
>>> Is it possible (or even wise) to open one of the green carriers and 
>>> change the disk out?
>>> Doug

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