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  beachycove (Profile)
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Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 6:38 pm
2.5" scsi drives have long ceased to be manufactured, and your best bet for finding one is to scavenge one from an old machine.

If you want to spend lots of money on the new-to-you powerbook 180, however, a Japanese seller on eBay is presently selling custom 2.5" scsi-compact flash converters tailor made for old powerbooks for something in the order of $100.

As for drive size, MacOS 7.1 will format and work with anything up to 2GB; 7.5 anything up to 4GB. Because of the way the file system works, however, 2GB is more efficient, and 2GB is very, very hard to fill up with vintage software: it is, in short, plenty big. However, you won't find a scsi drive that size, as they were never manufactured above 1GB, I believe, and those are very, very rare. Most you find are <350MB.

There were also scsi-ide converters sold in the early 90s that sometimes appear in auctions and such, and that were even shipped in late Powerbook 540c models, in which an ide drive was converted for scsi connection. These are hard to find, but they do exist, and might sell for a good deal less than $100 if you can find one.

As others have said, your best bet would be a scrap machine. Maybe another 180 for parts?
  dpaanlka (Profile)
  1024 MB
Posted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 7:03 pm
7.6.1 will read any size drives. I've had drives 40 GB in size in 3400cs.
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