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Will a 68- or 80-pin drive work on a 50-pin system with an adaptor or cable?

I have a SCSI adaptor with a 50-pin connector. I need a new drive but can only get 68- or 80-pin drives. Will a 68- or 80-pin drive work on a 50-pin system with an adaptor or cable suitable to convert? I understand "backward compatible" to mean a 50-pin drive will work on a later (68 or 80) type of interface. Does it work the other way, too?

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You need a 50-pin to 68/80-pin adapter. Still, I'd prefer purchasing a relatively inexpensive, up-to-date SCSI adapter for a new 68-pin drive so that I would get the full value of the drive.

This was first published in October 2002

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