Replacements for ST-406/ST-512 drives

From: Tony Duell <>
Date: Sun Feb 6 13:04:43 2005

> Ditto. That's why I've started hoarding these old drives. A lot of old
> equipment such as the HP-IB drives uses ST-225s and the like so I'm
> collecting those too. Hamfests and scrap yeards are a great place to pick
> up stuff like this for next to nothing.

A second problem is low-level formatting these hard drives. Some machines
don't seem to have the software to do it, and just about every controller
has its own format.

You mentioned the HPIB drive boxes. I use an HP9133 (I forget the suffix
letter, its a 20Mbyte one in the more modern, smaller, box) on my
Integral. Althoguh the drive mechanism is a standard ST225, I can tell
you from experience that putting a 'blank' ST225 in there just causes it
to turn on the fault light. Whether there is some way to get the unit to
do an LLF, whether you need a different firmware EPROM, or what, I don't
know. But I jaut hope that disk keeps on working.

Received on Sun Feb 06 2005 - 13:04:43 GMT

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