3100 SCSI and 1.07GB (was RE: VAXstation 3100 history)

From: Zane H. Healy <healyzh_at_aracnet.com>
Date: Wed Dec 1 15:10:04 1999

>probably have an RQDX1 or RQDX2 - quad-width cards). One of the reasons I'm
>looking forward to getting that MicroVAX 3100 is it will free me from the
>tyranny of small, slow, fragile and increasingly rare MFM disks. One downside

Gotta agree there!

>I caught from a FAQ is that SCSI MicroVAXen don't like disks over 1.07Gb -
>too many blocks to keep track of with a 21-bit pointer. Fortunately, I have
>a couple of old DEC 3105's I can pull off of an Amiga. Quite the disks in
>their day, but discards now.

Actually, that's not quite right. Plus I think the 3100/90 is likely to be
new enough that this isn't a problem. Most 3100's can't have a boot disk
that is over 1.07GB. The data disks can be over that. Some of the later
3100's don't have this limitation, IIRC.

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