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36144Re: [midatlanticretro] Floppy Drive & Hard Disk Models for the AT&T PC7300

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  • Dave McGuire
    May 28, 2014
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      I'm sorry for chiming in late here.

      I just checked one of mine, which has an original floppy drive. It's
      a Teac model FD-55BV-06-U.

      Hard drives run the gamut. They were shipped with many different
      makes and models over the years. The formattint utility would deal with
      most any geometry, so it was very flexible.

      On unmodified machines, though, there are two limitations on maximum
      drive size. The 7300/3B1's MFM controller is limited by the use of a
      WD1010 controller chip which only supports up to 1024 cylinders. Many
      people have replaced them with WD2010s, though, to get around that
      limitation. Also, there's a hack to use more than 8 heads. This was
      commonly done even when those machines were new.

      I think the eBay listing below is priced pretty high, FWIW.


      On 05/23/2014 03:31 AM, chetwyndplace@... [midatlanticretro] wrote:
      > Would anyone here be able to tell me what the proper model(s) are
      > for the floppy drive and hard disks found in the AT&T 7300?
      > I am considering buying a system that is in pieces, and the pictures
      > the seller is showing me of the floppy drive does not look right
      > when compared to the pictures that I have seen of complete 7300
      > systems:
      > http://6reoquestions.com/misc/7300-Drives.png
      > When it comes to the hard drive, I have absolutely no idea. Is it
      > even close?
      > Also, the system I am acquiring is lacking the power supply, so any
      > help I might get at sourcing or building one of those is greatly
      > appreciated.
      > If anyone would like to review the motherboard for my potential
      > purchase, that is how I found the seller...it's this one on eBay:
      > http://ebay.com/itm/301170520200

      Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
      New Kensington, PA
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