devote less space to SCSI than IDE, since IDE drives dominate the PC
platform, but we will try to hit the high points of SCSI.
Small Computer Systems Interface) is a
general-purpose I/O bus that is used in PCs primarily for connecting
hard disks and other storage devices, and secondarily for connecting
a variety of devices, including scanners, printers, and other
external peripherals. Although common in the Apple Macintosh world,
SCSI has remained a niche product in PCs, limited primarily to
network servers, high-performance workstations, and other
applications where the higher performance and flexibility of SCSI are
enough to offset the lower cost of ATA.
SCSI is confusing because of the proliferation of terms, many of which refer to similar things in different ways or to different things in similar ways. There are actually three SCSI standards, each of which refers not to any particular implementation, but to the document that defines that level.
Small Computer Systems Interface (SCSI)
standard was adopted in 1986 and is now obsolete. Originally called
SCSI, but now officially
SCSI-1, this standard defines a high-level
method of communicating between devices, an
(normally a computer) and a
(normally a disk drive or other
peripheral). SCSI-1 permits data to be transferred in
(unclocked mode) or
(clocked mode), although commands and messages are always transferred in asynchronous ...