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Old 09 April 2006, 12:41   #1
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Gvp Hd-8+

Hi, I could get a GVP HD-8+ for a reasonable price and was wondering if it is a good SCSI controller? Does it support a larger hard drive like one GB? It has a external SCSI port, could that be used for eg. a zip drive?
It comes with 8MB fast preinstalled so I won't have to bother about the possibility that it uses GVP simms.
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Old 09 April 2006, 15:25   #2
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Hi, I could get a GVP HD-8+ for a reasonable price and was wondering if it is a good SCSI controller? Does it support a larger hard drive like one GB? It has a external SCSI port, could that be used for eg. a zip drive?
It comes with 8MB fast preinstalled so I won't have to bother about the possibility that it uses GVP simms.
I have the GVP A530 here which I believe uses the same SCSI controller and I'm using a 2.1 gig SCSI hd with no problems.
It's a DMA SCSI controller, not the fastest one..if you only have a 68000 CPU you don't have to bother with speed
I'm using the 25pin external port for external SCSI cd-rom's, a zip drive should work fine
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I have to disagree about the speed - I would say it is really fast: if you have a decent harddrive it will manage a bit more than 2MB/Sec disregarding what CPU you have (as it is a DMA SCSI controller). You wont find a faster harddrive controller for the A500.

You are right, it is the same controller in the A530 and as it is the same controller, it cant showe data any faster to/from the A530 onboard 32-bit fastram than to/from the HD8+ onboard fastram.

I think there were some issues with harddrives larger than 1GB with some really really old version of the driver for the HD8+ (I think it was a 3.x version of gvpscsi.device). The latest version is 4.15 and can be downloaded here, but you need an EPROM-burner to upgrade it.

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Well, I won the auction. Now i just have to wait for it to ship. Amiga-hardware says it has a internal 50-pin connector. Is that the normal one for SCSI or do I have to check before buying a hard drive?
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It's normal for narrow scsi drives.
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I have that card and its great. Although I've upgraded to the latest ROM, it worked fine with a 2GB Seagate Hawk Hard Drive using a V4.4 ROM (pretty early I think). In fact, I think I even tested it with a 4GB Fujitsu and it worked fine.
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