What is BlueSCSI?

BlueSCSI is an open source hardware project that combines a Blue Pill (STM32) and a custom PCB. It appears as one or several SCSI hard drives to your vintage computer or sampler. You can use it to replace existing (and probably dying) SCSI drives, or as additional drives in your machine.

It stores its data on a microSD card readable by any Mac, Windows or Linux machine. This makes exchanging data with the modern world a breeze. Up to 7 drives can be set up on one microSD card.


Versions

DesktopDB-25
An assembled desktop BlueSCSIAn assembled DB25 BlueSCSI
ConnectorInternal (50 pins)External (D-Sub 25 pins)
StoragemicroSD card (not provided)microSD card (not provided)
SCSI TerminationEnabled and disabled via jumpers on the boardAlways active
Power*Provided by the SCSI cableProvided by the SCSI port
LEDActivity and Power LEDs can be connectedNone

We offer three assembly levels for each model:

*If the machine doesn’t supply Termination Power (Mac Plus or Mac IIsi for example), the USB port on BlueSCSI can be used to provide an external power source. In addition, the Desktop version features a Berg connector that can be used for that purpose. See this page for compatibility information.

All the technical details are available on the official page for the project on GitHub.


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FAQ

Where can I learn more about BlueSCSI?

The official project page on GitHub has all the information you need on BlueSCSI.

Which firmware version of BlueSCSI do you install?

We always ship the latest version of the firmware. Currently, it’s version 20220917, with the USB bootloader. This means that you will be able to upgrade your BlueSCSI yourself in the future, using a USB cable and the instructions found here.

Can I update the firmware myself?

The firmware version can be found on the VERSION line of the log file that BlueSCSI keeps on the microSD card.

More information is available here.

Does BlueSCSI work on my machine?

We successfully tested BlueSCSI on these machines:

Many more machines are supported, including some samplers and Amiga. The full list can be found right here.

Where do you ship to ?

We ship from Belgium to all continental European countries, and all countries of the European Union via Air Mail. So far, we have users in the following places:

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡น Austria, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Belgium, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ฌ Bulgaria, ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Croatia, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Czech Republic, ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Denmark, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Estonia, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Finland, ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท France, ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Germany, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ท Greece, ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡บ Hungary, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ช Ireland, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น Italy, ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡บ Luxembourg, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ the Netherlands, ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ด Norway, ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Poland, ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น Portugal, ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Romania, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฐ Slovakia, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Slovenia, ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Spain, ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ช Sweden and ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ Switzerland.

We also ship to the following countries (you could be the first customer there!):

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Albania, ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Andorra, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Belarus, ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡พ Bosnia and Herzegovina, ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡พ Cyprus, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ช Georgia, ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ฑ Groenland, ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ Iceland, ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Latvia, ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ฎ Liechtenstein, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฉ Moldavia, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡จ Monaco, ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ช Montenegro, ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Serbia, ๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ท Turkey, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Ukraine and ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ฆ the Vatican.

If your country is not in these lists, take a look at the other BlueSCSI sellers. Chances are that someone will be able to help you.

How much does shipping cost?

To reduce costs as much as possible, we ship via Air Mail. Shipping costs are calculated based on weight and are displayed accordingly in the cart:

How long does it take, and what do I get?

We ship generally within a week of your order, sometimes less. In most cases, it takes between 5 and 10 business days to arrive. The padded envelope contains your order and instructions.

What’s your return policy?

Every fully assembled BlueSCSI is tested on actual hardware (a Macintosh IIci) before shipment. It must be able to boot the machine fully and perform sustained read and write tests. In the unlikely event your fully assembled BlueSCSI is not functional upon arrival, you have a 14 days window to return it and we’ll refund you.

We do not offer returns on the kits. But if you need help or pointers, get in touch.

How can I get in touch with you?

If you have any question or request, get in touch on Twitter or by e-mail: bluescsi at onegeekarmy.eu (all together). You can sometimes find me on the Discord server for BlueSCSI.

I’ve seen people sell BlueSCSI online but they’re not listed on the official sellers page. Can I trust them?

Maybe.

However, BlueSCSI is an open source and open hardware community project. By selling BlueSCSI without permission, these resellers go against the terms of the license. They choose to profit from the work and the active collaboration of the community, without contributing themselves.

The official sellers are all active members of the community and, by supporting them, you support the project as a whole.

What is the “Platinum” color?

It’s a light grey color that closely matches the tint of the “Snow White” design language used in the early Macintoshes and the late Apple II.

What’s this “Disk Jockey” thing I’ve heard about?

Disk Jockey is a macOS application I wrote in my spare time to help you create blank disk images for your BlueSCSI (or any other device or emulator that works with disk images). It has its own page explaining it all.