Compaq Smart Array 3200 Controller as a SCSI Controller

Dave Wade dave.g4ugm at
Tue Jul 14 13:41:25 CDT 2020

Its been a long time, but I think the answer is no. A tape is not a disk and
uses a different SCSI command set to a disk. For example you can't rewind a

I found a SmartArray 3200 manual here:-

and in the Q&A it says :-

Q. Does the Smart Array 3200 Controller support SCSI tape drives and CD-ROM
A. No; the Smart Array 3200 Controller only supports Wide-Ultra2
SCSI,Wide-Ultra SCSI-3, Fast-Wide SCSI-2, and Fast SCSI-2 hard drives.

So I would say not. 

I know you can define a JBOD but a JBOD is not passed through as a physical
disk. In most RAID controllers you can still carve up a JBOD into multiple
The devices the OS sees are "logical abstractions" of the devices the RAID
controller sees and need to be be mapped to the physical devices in the


> -----Original Message-----
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> This may be a bit too new for this list but I thought what the heck -
> one of you Compaq/DEC/HP guys would know:
> Is there any reason a Smart Array controller can't be used as a simple
> controller? I.E. No array, just using it to drive a tape library? TIA!
> -Ali

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