SCSI2SD ‑ Example Setups For The S‑550 & W‑30
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Devices & Operating Systems Used For Testing:

     SCSI2SD: Model: IM150402001 - v5.0α
     Roland S‑550 Boot Disk: CD-5 CD-ROM Utility Disk v1.00
     Roland W‑30 Boot Disk: Hard Drive And CD-ROM Utility Disk v1.07 For FD/HD/CD

Unlike most external SCSI devices for use with the S‑550 and W‑30, the SCSI2SD does not have an extra pass through SCSI connector so it will always be the last device plugged into the SCSI chain
                                                                                                                                     
Note: With the exception of Setup #1, all configurations were tested and verified using the S‑550 and W‑30. Setup #1 was not tested using the S‑550 because the only external CD‑ROM that works is the ultra‑rare CD‑5 which I do not own. However, Setup #1 should work fine with the S‑550
SCSI2SD CHAIN1
SETUP #1: CDROM + Zip Drive + Hard Drive + SCSI2SD
Tested & Verified With W‑30 Only
  • SCSI ID#0 = CD-ROM
  • SCSI ID#1 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#2 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#3 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#5 = ZIP DRIVE
  • SCSI ID#6 = 80MB HARD DRIVE

  • Things to note in this example setup are
    • If configured correctly, the sampler will boot from the hard drive at SCSI ID#6 (the last SCSI device)
    • Only three out of a possible four SCSI2SD SCSI ID#'s are used because the maximum number of hard drives allowed in the SCSI chain is four
    • The CD-ROM at SCSI ID#0 and the Hard Drive at SCSI ID#6 should have all Terminating Jumpers and all On-Board SIP Terminating Resistors removedSIPs
    • The ZIP drive should have it's termination switch set to the "OFF" position
    • When using SCSI2SD with the S‑550 or W‑30, it is recommended to have a properly partitioned microSD card plugged in into the SCSI2SD device before powering on the sampler. Otherwise, the "C" and "H" indicators showing all connected devices will not appear on the monitor or LCD
SCSI2SD CHAIN2
SETUP #2: Zip Drive + SCSI2SD
Tested & Verified With S‑550 And W‑30
  • SCSI ID#0 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#1 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#2 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#5 = ZIP DRIVE
  • SCSI ID#6 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)

  • Things to note in this setup are
    • If configured correctly, the sampler will boot from SCSI2SD SCSI ID#6 (the last SCSI device)
    • The ZIP drive should have it's termination switch set to the "OFF" position
    • The reason for the unconventional SCSI ID# numbering on the SCSI2SD is because if the ZIP drive were set to SCSI ID#6, it would be the last device in the SCSI chain. At boot time, the sampler would go out to search for the last SCSI ID# which is #6. Since the sampler can't boot from a ZIP drive, it would not boot from any of the SCSI2SD hard drives. Setting one of the SCSI2SD hard drives to SCSI ID#6 solves this problem
    • When using SCSI2SD with the S‑550 or W‑30, a microSD card must be plugged in into the SCSI2SD device before powering on the sampler. Otherwise, the W‑30 will not boot. The sampler and the SCSI2SD device will lock‑up with the latter showing only a solid LED
SCSI2SD CHAIN3
SETUP #3: Hard Drive + SCSI2SD
Tested & Verified With S‑550 And W‑30
  • SCSI ID#1 = 80MB HARD DRIVE
  • SCSI ID#4 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#5 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#6 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)

  • Things to note in this setup are
    • If configured correctly, the sampler will boot from SCSI2SD SCSI ID#6 (the last SCSI device)
    • Only three out of a possible four SCSI2SD SCSI ID#'s are used because the maximum number of hard drives allowed in the SCSI chain is four
    • The Hard Drive at SCSI ID#1 should have all Terminating Jumpers and all On-Board SIP Terminating Resistors removedSIPs
    • When using SCSI2SD with the S‑550 or W‑30, a microSD card must be plugged in into the SCSI2SD device before powering on the sampler. Otherwise, the W‑30 will not boot. The sampler and the SCSI2SD device will lock‑up with the latter showing only a solid LED
SCSI2SD CHAIN4
SETUP #4: SCSI2SD
Tested & Verified With S‑550 And W‑30
  • SCSI ID#0 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#1 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#2 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#3 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)

  • Things to note in this setup are
    • If configured correctly, the sampler will boot from SCSI2SD SCSI ID#3 (the last SCSI device)
    • This will be the most common configuration since one of the great features about this device is that it replaces the loud, clunky and sometimes unreliable ZIP drives and hard drives
    • When using SCSI2SD with the S‑550 or W‑30, a microSD card must be plugged in into the SCSI2SD device before powering on the sampler. Otherwise, the W‑30 will not boot. The sampler and the SCSI2SD device will lock‑up with the latter showing only a solid LED
SCSI2SD CHAIN5
SETUP #5: Zip Drive + Hard Drive + SCSI2SD
Tested & Verified With S‑550 And W‑30
  • SCSI ID#1 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#2 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#3 = 80MB HARD DRIVE (SCSI2SD)
  • SCSI ID#5 = ZIP DRIVE
  • SCSI ID#6 = 80MB HARD DRIVE

  • Things to note in this setup are
    • If configured correctly, the sampler will boot from SCSI ID#6 (the last SCSI device)
    • The ZIP drive should have it's termination switch set to the "OFF" position
    • The Hard Drive at SCSI ID#6 should have all Terminating Jumpers and all On-Board SIP Terminating Resistors removedSIPs
    • Only three out of a possible four SCSI2SD SCSI ID#'s are used because the maximum number of hard drives allowed in the SCSI chain is four
    • When using SCSI2SD with the S‑550 or W‑30, a microSD card must be plugged in into the SCSI2SD device before powering on the sampler. Otherwise, the W‑30 will not boot. The sampler and the SCSI2SD device will lock‑up with the latter showing only a solid LED







SCSI_RGB_DISPLAY

S-550 During The Boot Process Showing Two Connected SCSI Targets

H = Hard Drives At SCSI Targets #1 & #4
* = SCSI Targets #0, #2, #3, #5 & #6 (Unused)





SCSI_LCD_DISPLAY
W-30 During The Boot Process Showing Five Connected SCSI Targets

C = CD-ROM At SCSI Target #0
H = Hard Drives At SCSI Targets #1, #2, #3 & #4
* = SCSI Targets #5 & #6 (Unused)



Note: It's easy to make your S‑550 or W‑30 boot the sampler operating system from the SCSI2SD device instead of the floppy drive (or USB Floppy Drive Emulator) by following the procedures at this link

     S50/S550 DOWNLOAD Configuring The S‑550 And W‑30 To Boot From A SCSI2SD Device


I'm sure someone will ask:

"Why bother adding an external hard drive onto the SCSI2SD chain? Won't that disable one of the 80MB Virtual Hard Drive devices? Likewise, why even bother connecting a ZIP drive since the SCSI2SD can take it's place? The SCSI2SD is more efficient and more reliable at storing sample data."

Great Questions!

Yes... adding a hard drive on the chain will reduce the number of available SCSI devices on the SCSI2SD to only three. The reason you might want to do this is because within the W‑30 SCSI hard drive menus, it's possible to copy an entire 80MB hard drive or 80MB ZIP drive over to one of the available SCSI devices on the SCSI2SD using the HD COPY command. The HD COPY command makes it easy to transfer ALL of your samples from an existing external hard drive or ZIP drive in one fell swoop. Once you transfer the data you need, you can disconnect the external hard drive and then use all four SCSI devices on the SCSI2SD. Two ZIP drives can still remain plugged in because they do not use up any available SCSI hard drive positions within the W‑30 (or S‑550) SCSI architecture. To take advantage of the most possible storage space, a SCSI2SD, two ZIP drives and a CDROM can be connected at the same time. This can yield as much as 384 floppy disks available from the menus plus however many sample disks you can fit onto your CDROM. With the current configuration on my W‑30, I'm able to access 649 floppy disks at one time from all of my connected storage devices without swapping a CD caddy, USB stick or ZIP diskette. Also, the Roland L‑CD1 CDROM I'm using only has 165 floppy disks written to it. Theoretically, it's possible to have a CDROM with 256 floppy disks written onto it making a total amount of 740 floppy disks available at one time. That's a bunch!
                                                                                                                                     

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