[BBC-Micro] Possibly available: SJ FDFS
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Thu Apr 12 13:39:47 BST 2007
I have a Syquest 44MB removable drive in my MDFS, set up
as drive J:
I actually use this for most of my working files so it can be a
bit of a nuisance when it takes the MDFS about 20 minutes
to build the free space map for all drives, with drive J being
the last drive, so I can't save anything until it's finished.
I think you will be OK with the Conner 100MB drive you
mention. I have done pretty well with 50-pin SCSI drives,
the MDFS is a lot less particular than the BBC host adapter,
but you may need to watch out for the Parity settings of
the drive depending on whether your MDFS has had its
parity mod done.
The maximum amount of space which the MDFS can use
on a hard disc is 8 partitions of 60MB, ie. 480MB but you
can use bigger discs, although any extra space will not
be used. The MDFS format utility formats the whole disc,
though, so if you are using a drive of say 4GB or more, it
will take absolutely ages to format!
----- Original Message -----
From: Johan Heuseveldt [mailto:johan at waarland.demon.nl]
To: bbc-micro at lists.cloud9.co.uk
Sent: Thu, 12 Apr 2007 12:51:32 +0200 (BST)
Subject: Re: [BBC-Micro] Possibly available: SJ FDFS
On Thu 12 Apr, Jonathan Graham Harston wrote:
> >Message-ID: <Marcel-1.53-0409125350-d07xSBG at waarland.demon.nl>
> Johan Heuseveldt <johan at waarland.demon.nl> wrote:
> > I assume there is space for the floppy drives in the case?
> Just plonk them on top of the case.
Yes I do. :-)
Twin 5 1/5 and twin 3.5.
It was necessary to use 3.5 so I could use a Master disc created on the
Wintel PC with OmniFlop (see previous message), and then copy to a 5 1/4.
After a while I realize this is not really neccessary (perhaps).
My supply of 5 1/4 discs is rather limited, and have plenty of old 3.5 ones,
(which need to be sorted out though) so another reason to switch to the 3.5
drives. But you need two hand to handl them: It's a bit clumsy to use left
hand keep drive in location for inserting/ejecting the disc, and the right
to hold the disc. So a neat case is not only for cosmetic reasons!
Looks like it's becoming a DIMyself job then! :-)
> > The 'new' one contains 320 pages, definitely not (about) 600!
> I can sell you a copy of the August 1991 edition for ukp30.
Does that contain those 600 pages then, and you're sure it is complete?
More important perhaps, is that for version 2 of the FS software?
My MDFS reports after *VERS
SJ Research File Server ver 2.00/MDFS
If all applicable, I'm very interested:
I'll take it to private email.
> > Both seem (to me) a further step after MDFS?
> Both came before the MDFS. The MDFS was the culmination of
> everything represented by the FDFS and the HDFS. F+H=M !
Many people responded - also by private email - and all remarks are
(although the order of Fhds and Hdfs varies :-)
What fooled me was the two processor design of the HDFS - assuming a newer
design, and not realising the HD interface wasn't SCSI but MFM, and the
inclusion of a Tape Drive.
I'm happy with the MDFS as the top of it all!
In a few days I will buy a 100MB Conner HD for reserve.
Not sure if that HD will be recognised by MDFS though.
But I do want a spare.
I also have, but not tried yet, a SyQuest 40 MB removable, which I would
like to use for backups.
Lots of work and fun to look out for. :-)
Johan Heuseveldt <johan at waarland.demon.nl>
The best place is a Riscy place
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