8" drives on PC was Re: Need NEC APC manuals

From: Randy McLaughlin <cctalk_at_randy482.com>
Date: Fri Feb 25 15:09:44 2005

From: "Brad Parker" <brad_at_heeltoe.com>
Sent: Friday, February 25, 2005 1:38 PM
> "Eric Smith" wrote:
> >
> >No, but is there any particular reason why you can't just hook up
> >an 8" drive to one of your PCs? Not all PC floppy controllers can
> >handle single density, but I've had good results reading both SD and
> >DD disks using the FDCs on Asus motherboards.
> sorry to be stupid (and/or use google), but are you saying you connected
> your 8" drive to a stock PC floppy controller?
> if so, can you tell me how you did it? did you use one of those little
> converter boards from dbit?

I forgot to mention one thing when I posted the following, the dbit card is
only needed if you have a truly ancient 8" drive that needs the TG43 signal.
Most 8" drives ignore that line. If it is 1/2 height or the logic board has
LSI chips it probably ignores it.


8" and 5.25" HD are fairly interchangeable. The above link discusses the
issues and has diagrams for cables either way.

Most new controllers can not handle FM (single density). If you only have
PCI slots and your controller does not work you can buy a Catweasel MK4
controller that handles just about anything (including hard sectored).

Received on Fri Feb 25 2005 - 15:09:44 GMT

This archive was generated by hypermail 2.3.0 : Fri Oct 10 2014 - 23:37:41 BST