Re: [midatlanticretro] Hard drive "cloning" options
> Wouldn't it be easier to just set up a laplink cable and trasfer the filesThat or interlink/interserver from DOS will work fine if you have an old machine to go between. I use the Ethernet approach if I'm going to my modern Linux desktop or laptop. It's not particularly complex, especially with the parallel port adapter, if you've got everything on a boot floppy anyway.
> that way? It would likely be one or two switched lines and that's all
> you'd need 25-pins on both ends. I have the laplink software for download
> on my site.
- Yep...definitely is and XT-class IDE drive ("XTA"?), and I think you are
right...the controller cannot be disabled. As for what will work, from what
I've read, any XT IDE drive should be fine. Of course we know all about the
word "should". :-)
I've got an XT IDE controller (for those not familiar with it all...this is
confusing, eh? This one allows the use of AT class IDE drives in an
XT-class PC) running in my 1000SL. It works fine with 640k of RAM (max on
the SL). It was acting odd when I first put it in, but I was able to work
around it. However, at the time I had installed a VGA card...when I pulled
it out and used a CGA monitor, it works perfectly! Quirky little machines
As for copying data...I would go with what others have suggested - interlink
is great, especially if you have a parallel laplink cable. To make another
drive bootable, you'll have to "format /s" or "sys a:" a floppy disk, then
do the same in reverse to the new drive, then copy all the files back. I
don't know of any way to copy system files and make a disk bootable other
than with format or sys. I guess the other option is a stack of floppy
disks and a lot of patience... :-)
The RL is a strange beastie. It does have 1 8 bit slot, it also has a built
in XT mode IDE controller that I think can't be disabled. This interface
only works with one drive. The ST-351-A/X in XT mode.
If you want to use the XT-IDE you may have to upgrade the memory to 768K. If
not, the XT-IDE conflicts with the way the RL (and most 1000 series) handles
CGA. The CGA memory is part of DOS memory. It does not have dedicated video
I don't know if the newer XT-IDE boards or BIOS get around this, but that is
what I had to do to make the XT-IDE work in mine.
The memory upgrade is inexpensive and easy. 4 256kx4 DRAMS from Jameco or
your junk pile.