hard-sector 5 1/4 disk

From: Sellam Ismail <foo_at_siconic.com>
Date: Wed Oct 31 16:16:53 2001

On Wed, 31 Oct 2001, Tony Duell wrote:

> The disk II has no track 0 sensor either, hence the clatter against
> the end stop when the machine is turned on. This, in my experience,
> doesn't help keep the heads in alignment....

I don't think I've ever had any Apple disk drive of mine go out of

> The Apple ][ disk system has always struck me as being a cheap kludge.

Exactly. It was cheap, it was fast (if the DOS was designed properly), it
worked, and it worked well. Very well.

> We've had this flame before, but my views have not changed. Sure, it
> was minimal hardware. Sure it got more data on a disk than an FM
> controller (but less IIRC than an MFM one). But I like to be able to
> read that data back again, and I had nothing but trouble with the
> Apple ][.

You and Richard should start a support group for each other.

Sellam Ismail Vintage Computer Festival
International Man of Intrigue and Danger http://www.vintage.org
Received on Wed Oct 31 2001 - 16:16:53 GMT

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