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GRAHAM THOMAS JOHNSON <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 30 Aug 1998 03:01:27 -0400
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Hello Artists,

I'm slowly upgrading my 9500/132.  1st step is to add a bigger hard drive.
The new Ultra 2 Wide SCSI drives only cost 10% more than the Ultra Wide
yet offer trasnfer rates of 80MB/sec- 2x faster than the Ultra Wide.  The
Ultra 2 Wide requires a PCI card upgrade selling for approx $500 to
overcome the SCSI 2 10MB/sec bottleneck. The manufacturer also recommends
extra cooling fans (for internal) and requires new cabling. Does anyone
know of any other hidden costs/reasons to avoid such an upgrade?

If I do add a new drive, should I initialize it using Apple's new Mac OS
Extednded (HFS Plus) format? (any horror stories?)  Will I have to update
my original 2G Apple drive to this format as well?

Step 2 is to upgrade to G3.  I may heed warnings about OSx
incompatabilities and get a new box, but it would be heartbreaking to
abandon my DRAM collection. I trust that I'll be able to drag
this Ultra 2 SCSI drive and PCI card with me into a new system-
Is that statement correct?

Thank you for your comments,

Graham Johnson
Medical Illustrator
The Salk Institute
La Jolla, CA