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I had an old Apple ProBook 160 (1993)- Dead, and no longer booting. 

It had a 240mb hard drive, Apple IMB DHAS-2270, SCSI-1 (although the pins look identical to IDE) There's a bit of personal information on this drive that I would like to see if i could recover. 

I've browsed around on google but have seen nothing definitive on how to connect to it. All of the SCSI-1 adapters I've seen don't look like they can fit this HDD. 

Any suggestions?





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Da_Schmoo
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That's a "fast SCSI" drive.  Tons of controllers available on ebay for that.  The kink is it's a laptop drive so it gets its power through the same cable as data.

What you need is this:

http://www.cablesonline.com/25lapscsihar.html 

And a 50-pin Fast SCSI host bus adapter with the proper bus interface for the computer you are going to plug it into (PCI, ISA, etc.) and a 50-pin SCSI cable.

All that's assuming the drive isn't dead dead.

Finding a card that has drivers for the OS you are using may be a challenge as well. 

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ITSchmoo
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Thank you sir! Yeah the next challenge will be to get a PCI card, and its drivers... this all is hinging on, like you say, that the drive isn't already dead.

I was also looking at an old vintage CasaBlanca SCSI external hard drive case for macintosh on ebay as well... but this seems more likely the way I should go

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Drivers are going to be your challenge.  The Adaptec 2940 was the go-to card of that era.  (not the 2940u2w - that won't work with that drive)

I know people have gotten them to work in later operating systems by using drivers for other models - you'll have to do some digging to find which ones.

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