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290 MOTIF Appendix
Connecting external SCSI devices
Appendix
Connecting external SCSI devices
This section explains how to connect external devices such as external hard disk drives, MO drives, or CD-ROM drives.
About SCSI
SCSI (pronounced “scuzzy”) stands for Small Computer System Interface, and is a data transmission interface
standard used by personal computers and other devices.
Since the MOTIF has a SCSI interface, you can connect and use hard disk drives, MO disk drives, CD-ROM drives,
and other SCSI-compatible devices that have a 50-pin SCSI connector. Up to 7 SCSI devices can be connected.
Most external SCSI devices have two SCSI terminals, allowing a number of devices to be “chained” together. Devices
chained together in this way can normally be connected in any order.
The last device in the chain must be “terminated,” either with a terminator unit plugged into the open SCSI
connector, or by turning the device's internal terminator on (if available). The first device in the chain must also be
terminated, but in the case of the MOTIF this is accomplished by the terminator inside the MOTIF.
• Before connecting SCSI devices, be sure to turn off the power of the MOTIF and all connected equipment. If the power is on
while connections are being made, the MOTIF or SCSI devices can be damaged.
• Including the MOTIF, each SCSI device is distinguished by a number from 0 - 7, called the SCSI ID. If two or more devices have
the same SCSI ID number, the SCSI devices will not function correctly. When shipped from the factory, the MOTIF is set to SCSI
ID 6. Be aware that the SCSI ID number of a device has no relation to its position in the daisy-chain.
• Don't forget to attach a terminator to the last SCSI device in the daisy-chain.
• If an external SCSI device is not connected, it is not necessary to attach a terminator to the external SCSI connector of the
MOTIF.
• Use as short a SCSI cable as possible. Using long cables can cause unreliable operation. In general, the total cable length should be
less than 6 meters (approximately 18 feet).
• Use high-quality SCSI cables. Poor-quality cables can cause unreliable operation.
• Some SCSI devices have only one SCSI connector. If you are using such a device, connect it at the end of the daisy-chain.
Procedure
1Use SCSI cables to daisy-chain the external SCSI devices.
Since there are several different types of SCSI connectors, make sure to select the proper SCSI cables for your
particular devices.
2Connect the power cable of the external SCSI device to an AC outlet.
3Set the SCSI ID (0 - 7) of the external SCSI device.
Select a SCSI ID that will not conflict with the other SCSI devices (including the MOTIF). When the MOTIF is
shipped from the factory, the SCSI ID is set to 6.
External SCSI
device
MOTIF
External SCSI
device
External SCSI
device
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T
T Indicates the terminator (or a terminator
switch turned ON). For devices not marked
by this symbol, do not attach a terminator
(or turn the terminator off).
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