I have a knack for buying into removable storage that looks like it will be great but eventually ends up in the market dustbin- syquest drives, LS-120 floppy, Iomega Jaz, etc. I’ve had them all. I was digging in this collection of also-ran storage and found a Castlewood Orb drive and the Castlewood branded usb-scsi adapter. I’ve been interested in getting to one of the disks that has my 1999-2000 mboxes and other odds and ends. These are also backed up on DAT- another storage medium that should have failed- but my DAT drive is an internal, full-height model and I don’t have a PC lying around with a bay. What can I say, I sure can pick ‘em.
The usb-scsi adapter is a Shuttle Technologies eUSCSI chipset and recognized under OSX Leopard. All it took to get working was an active terminator on the drive and setting the SCSI Id to 0 (zero). That SCSI Id means no other device is going to work daisy-chained, but given the roughly 500Kb/s transfer speed I saw this is just good enough to pull my old files off and move them to another medium.
Here’s a dump from the Apple System Profiler:
eUSCSI Bridge Ver 1.11:
Capacity: 2.05 GB Removable Media: Yes Detachable Drive: Yes BSD Name: disk2 Version: 1.00 Bus Power (mA): 100 Speed: Up to 12 Mb/sec Manufacturer: Shuttle Technology Inc. Mac OS 9 Drivers: No Partition Map Type: MBR (Master Boot Record) Product ID: 0x0002 Serial Number: 07 S.M.A.R.T. status: Not Supported Vendor ID: 0x04e6 Volumes: MISC: Capacity: 1.99 GB Available: 1.2 GB Writable: Yes File System: MS-DOS FAT16 BSD Name: disk2s5 Mount Point: /Volumes/MISC
It even shows up properly in the Disk Utility and can be repartitioned.