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Hardware Documentation - Machines DEC - VAX hardware reference

This is an (incomplete) list of Digital Equipment Corporation VAX computers and specifications. Compiled by abs@NetBSD.org with much help from port-vax@NetBSD.org users.

This is very much still a work in progress - many sections are little more than placeholders. Having said that, there should be enough here to prove useful.

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Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 205MB Removable Size: 25.52 x 48.26 x 85.09 cm, 68.95 kg
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 280MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 700MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 1GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 2GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 120MB Size: 26.3 x 44.5 x 67.3 cm
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 456MB Size: 26.3 x 44.5 x 67.3 cm
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 623MB Size: 26.3 x 44.5 x 67.3 cm, 61.s kg
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 1.26GB Size: 26.6 x 23 x 68.5 cm, 13.6 kg
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SDI
Capacity: 1.5GB Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 42MB Size: 5.25" half height
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 31MB Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 2003-06-02
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 71MB Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: ST-506
Capacity: 159MB Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 143M Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-12-06
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 380M Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-12-06
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 852MB Size: Half height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 1.6GB Size: Half height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 400MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 1GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-11-23
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 2GB Size: Full height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-11-23
Type: disk Interface: DSSI
Capacity: 3.5GB Size: Full height (?) 5.25"
Last updated: 1999-02-16
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 67MB Size: 14" removable, 100+Kg
Last updated: 2003-06-02 Notes: Slower version of RM03, 5 platters, based on CDC 9762
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 67MB Size: 14" removable, 100+Kg
Last updated: 2003-06-02 Notes: Faster version of RM02, 5 platters, based on CDC 9762
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 256MB Size: 14" removable, ~200Kg
Last updated: 2003-06-02 Power: 220/240V @ 14A start, 10A run
Notes: 12 platters, based on CDC 9766
Type: disk Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 124MB Size: 4' high floor cabinet
Last updated: 1999-03-10 Power: 120v 30A start, 15A run
Type: cdrom Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 600MB Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: cdrom Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 650MB Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: cdrom Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 600MB Size: Half height 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: 3.5" floppy disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.4MB Size: (height?) 3.5"
Last updated: 1999-06-27
Type: 3.5" floppy disk Interface: SCSI (?)
Capacity: 2.88MB Size: (height?) 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: 5.25" floppy disk Interface: 'MFM'
Capacity: 1.2MB Size: (height?) 5.14"
Last updated: 2000-02-15
Type: floppy disk (dual 5.25) Interface: 'MFM'
Capacity: (?) Size: Full height 5.25
Last updated: 2000-02-15
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 52MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 104MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-01-28
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 121MB Size: 3.5", half height
Last updated: 2001-04-01 Notes: This is actually a Conner CP30100D made for DEC.
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 209MB Size: 3.5", full height
Last updated: 2001-04-01 Notes: This is actually a Conner CP3200D made for DEC,
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 245MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 426MB Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 535MB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.05GB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.1GB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.1GB Size: Half height 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-03-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 332MB Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 665MB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-01-27
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.0GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.3GB Size: Full height 5.25"
Last updated: 2001-07-07
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2GB Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: disk Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 3.57GB Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Capacity: 95 MB (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-02-07 Notes: Could be shipped with TZK50 SCSI adapter to produce a TK50Z
Interface: SCSI Type: tape
Capacity: 95 MB (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-02-07
Notes: TK50 with TZK50 SCSI adapter (used with VAXstation 2000, works on VAXstation 3100 Mxx). Two incompatible versions: TK50Z-Fx and TK50Z-Gx, which differ in firmware. Superseded by the TZ30
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Capacity: ~ 295 MB (?) (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" full height
Last updated: 1998-03-18 Notes: Would connect to VAXBI bus via TKB70
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.6GB Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-26
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 1.2GB DDS Xfer rate: 156KB/sec
Size: (?) Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 4.0GB DAT Size: 3.5"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 4.0GB DAT Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-26
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Capacity: (?) Size: 19" rackmount - more details needed
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 40MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: 1600/800 BPI, speed 45 in/s
Type: tape Interface: UNIBUS
Capacity: 40MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 1999-08-21
Notes: 1600 BPI, speed 45 in/s
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: (?) Last updated: 1998-03-18
Notes: 1600 BPI
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 40MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: 1600/800 BPI, speed 125 in/s
Type: tape Interface: MASSBUS
Capacity: 145MB with 2400ft reel, 8KB blocks Last updated: 2000-02-15
Notes: 6250/1600 BPI, speed 125 in/s
Type: tape Interface: not TMSCP
Capacity: (?) Last updated: 1998-03-18
Notes: 1600 BPI
Type: tape (reels) Interface: (?)
Capacity: (?) Size: 19" rackmount - more details needed
Last updated: 1998-01-24
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 95 MB (CompacTape cartridges) Size: 5.25" half-height
Last updated: 1998-01-26 Notes: More modern version of the TK50Z
Type: tape Interface: (?)
Last updated: 1998-03-18
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 6.0GB DLT Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 20.0GB DLT Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 320MB (DC6320) / 525MB (DC6525) Xfer rate: 200KB/sec
Size: (?) Last updated: 1998-05-14
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 2.0GB QIC Size: (?)
Last updated: 1998-01-26
Type: tape Interface: SCSI
Capacity: 10.0GB 8mm Size: 5.25"
Last updated: 2003-07-17

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