If anyone is thinking of buying IBM's 4.5 GB ultrawide SCSI hard drive,
Ultrastar 34560, you will probably find yourself with the LVD version
instead of the usual single-ended drive.
I tried to buy one from Aberdeen Inc. When I complained that I had
received an LVD drive, I was told that the drives had been mistagged.
When the replacement drive also turned out to be an LVD, they told me
that IBM had quit making the single-ended version. The LVD version can
be jumpered to work in single-ended mode, but it does not include
on-board termination. Unfortunately, this was to be my first ultrawide
drive. And I saw no reason to pay extra for a terminator because I knew
the version I had ordered did not need it. Nor did they offer to give
me a drive that would work. So I got a refund.
Dirt Cheap Drives seemed to still be selling the model I wanted. The
salesperson confirmed that it was not an LVD drive. Well, I got an LVD
drive and the tech tells me that it's identical to the version I
ordered. Except it's not.