I have an old IBM x206 with Ultra 320 SCSI drives, the motherboard died and Im not replacing it but the data on the drives is still important.

I dont have another similar server to hand, is there some kind of enclosure / caddy that can read SCSI drives

Any product suggestions or alternate ways to read data from SCSI drives appreciated. Obvioulsy the cheaper the solution the better as I cant get any budget for third party recovery.

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If the drives are not in any kind of raid config the cheapest option is to just buy a used scsi controller, likely you can snag one for under $50 off ebay, plug it in to a PC and migrate your data off.

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    If the drives were hot swap you'll probably also need an SCA-LVD adapter to convert the 80 pin hot swap connector to 68 pin which you can use with a regular internal SCSI controller.
    – James Yale
    Jun 1, 2011 at 16:22
  • Yes the drives are hot swap and also RAID in this case just a mirror so a single drive solution via a used controller and adaptor should be fine, but what about RAID 5 arrays which I have lots of?
    – Marko
    Jun 3, 2011 at 8:16
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    Depending on the raid 5 arrays you can sometimes just replace the controller with the same model controller and you'll be fine. If its a funky onboard controller you'll likely just need to get a whole new motherboard if you cant find a card to match. Jun 3, 2011 at 13:23

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