[vcf-midatlantic] Anyone have any info on the Sun 511 box?

Glenn Roberts glenn.f.roberts at gmail.com
Sat Apr 6 08:42:40 EDT 2019

Certainly looks like the external box I had attached to my Sun 3/110 way back in the day.  We also used these on the 3/60s.  prior to the "pizza box" form factor Sun had external drive units.  As I recall these had a disk drive and quarter inch cartridge tapes for backups.  Never cracked one open so don't know much about mounting devices inside..

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> Subject: [vcf-midatlantic] Anyone have any info on the Sun 511 box?
> Hi, All,
> I'm dusting off old Sun gear for VCF East and I ran across a shell of a Sun 511
> box on my shelf.  Unfortunately, I can't seem to find any docs online about
> what would have been stuffed into it back in the day.  Lots of Sun info still
> out there but the 511 box is not well represented.  I suspect that's because I
> think it's a late Sun 2/early Sun 3 device.
> The best description  is here:
> http://www.obsolyte.com/sunFAQ/X11_case/
> Better photos at:
> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SunShoebox_Front.jpg
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun-2#/media/File:SunShoebox_Rear.jpg
> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sun-3#/media/File:Sun3_60_Disk_Tape.jpg
> Mostly I'm curious about mounting plates/brackets, etc.  I don't have the
> original PSU so if I use this box, I'll have to find something modern anyway.
> I also have some more modern (late Sun 3/early Sun 4) tape/disk shoeboxes.
> I haven't found any pictures online but they are tall enough to hold a full-
> heigh 5.25" disk over a 5.25" half-height tape drive on a half-height bracket
> with the PSU to the rear.  Those are ready to stuff with disks so I'll probably
> start there.
> If only I had more than one DD50-P Sun SCSI cable...
> Alas, the "joy" of vintage machines, when it's hard to find parts that fit.
> -ethan

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