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11-06-2002, 09:47 PM
Thanx to all those who replied to my previous post. I tried the file from Nero but it didn't work - probably cos I'm using Roxio EasyCD (Duh! - I never thought of that!) so got the proper file from Adaptecs site. All software now works again. A puzzle tho - apparently ASPI is SCSI software to enable the system to see or use the CD writer, so why do I need it for an IDE drive? Are IDE and SCSI the same thing?

11-06-2002, 10:13 PM
Ray, IDE and SCSI most certainly are not the same... however I can point you at a quick little site which explains some of the acronyms you were asking about:

ASPI: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/A/ASPI.html

IDE: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/IDE.html

SCSI: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/S/SCSI.html

Cheers, Babe.

12-06-2002, 04:08 PM
Some fairly tricky software was first developed for SCSI drives. Because IDE is more popular (because cheaper) rather than write new versions of software to work with IDE, it was easier (and easier to maintain) to have a relatively simple software interface between IDE drives and keep to the SCSI based software. This applies to some RAID implementations, and a lot of CD writing software.

SCSI is better. But it costs more. An IDE interface is about the equivalent of one small ttl chip added to the existing wires of the standard ISA bus. A SCSI card is much more complicated, and the drives cost more; because the mass market is not there to pull the price down, and also because SCSI is used mostly on professional grade gear such as servers and heavy workstations, so the drives have to be more reliable.

12-06-2002, 04:10 PM
Some fairly tricky software was first developed for SCSI drives. Because IDE is more popular (because cheaper) rather than write new versions of software to work with IDE, it was easier (and easier to maintain) to have a relatively simple software interface between IDE drives and keep to the SCSI based software. This applies to some RAID implementations, and a lot of CD writing software.

SCSI is better. But it costs more. An IDE interface is about the equivalent of one small ttl chip added to the existing wires of the standard ISA bus. A SCSI card is much more complicated, and the drives cost more; because the mass market is not there to pull the price down, and also because SCSI is used mostly on professional grade gear such as servers and heavy workstations, so the drives have to be more reliable.