4 floppy disk drives on a PC?

From: Doc Shipley <doc_at_mdrconsult.com>
Date: Mon Jan 17 22:34:09 2005

Patrick Finnegan wrote:

> Doc Shipley declared on Monday 17 January 2005 11:04 pm:
>>Dwight K. Elvey wrote:
>>>1. A truely blank disk ( bulk erased ) can be formatted
>>> and written on by a 1.2M drive and will work in most
>>> cases on a 360K drive. This may written on by a 360K
>>> drive as well and still work on a 360K.
>>>2. Once a disk has been written on first by a 360K drive
>>> and then a 1.2M, it can only be read on a 1.2M drive!
>>>That's life.
>> No, that's wrong. At least, it's not necessarily true.
>> I have formatted disks for an RX50 on the 1.2MB drive, written data
>>to them on that drive, and used them on a PDP-11. I have also used
>>floppies to back up an RSX-11S disk on "real" RX50 disks, transcribed
>>that to PC, overwritten them on the PC without a low-level format, and
>>read them on the PDP-11. I have had some floppies fail, but they
>>always failed either on the RX50 drive *before* they were ever in the
>>1.2MB drive, or they failed format on the 1.2MB drive before they ever
>>made it to the PDP-11.
>> I don't doubt the information I'm reading, that the track written
>>by the 1.2MB drive is narrower than the track written by a native 360K
>>drive. I'll even stipulate that my experience is limited to writing
>>disks for PDP-11s and the Altos 580 (DSQD I think; I haven't played
>>with that box in a long while), so I can't speak to the reliability on
>>other platforms.
> Umm, the RX50s and Altos 580 floppies you've used are 80-track (96tpi)
> disks just like 1.2MB floppies. 360k floppies are 40-track (48tpi)
> disks. So, they're the same track width as a 1.2MB disk, not a 360k
> disk.


<Emily LaTella>
   Never mind.

Received on Mon Jan 17 2005 - 22:34:09 GMT

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