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33036Re: [midatlanticretro] Help identifying MFM drive

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  • Dave McGuire
    Oct 30, 2013
      Well regardless of what it is, it's not going to work for much longer,
      having been opened to air like that.

      Kind looks like it might be a Rodime, but could be CMI.

      Keep in mind that, "formatting these for a PDP-11" can mean many
      different things, depending on what controller you're using. Some
      controllers, notably the DEC RQDX1 and RQDX2, cannot use drives of
      arbitrary geometries. (at least from what I can remember)


      On 10/30/2013 08:41 PM, Cory Smelosky wrote:
      > Hello all,
      > I'm looking in to a 20M drive I got on ebay for a whole $10. (not counting
      > shipping).
      > I need a little help identifying it...it seems to be CMI, unfortunately
      > which hurts my plans for it a bit.
      > http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RzYtcJ25HeE
      > Anyone have any experience with formatting these for a PDP-11? I'm
      > assuming they're not even close to being compatible with an RD31 and that
      > XXDP would need patched? (I need proper C/H/S info...I didn't get any)
      > Alternatively, anyone want to trade this for an RD31/ST-225 if I can't
      > make it work?

      Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
      New Kensington, PA
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