Compaq Smart Array 3200 Controller as a SCSI Controller

Adrian Graham binarydinosaurs at
Tue Jul 14 13:11:37 CDT 2020

> On 14 Jul 2020, at 18:47, Ali via cctalk <cctalk at> wrote:
> This may be a bit too new for this list but I thought what the heck - maybe
> one of you Compaq/DEC/HP guys would know:
> Is there any reason a Smart Array controller can't be used as a simple SCSI
> controller? I.E. No array, just using it to drive a tape library? TIA!

Nope. I don’t remember any Smart Array controllers supporting passthrough tapes until much later on. You just need a Wide Ultra 2 or 3 adapter for libraries, eg 154457-B21. There’s no mention of tape support in the install manual either.

Adrian Graham
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