[BBC-Micro] 16 bit IDE interfaces with microdrives
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Sat Jul 23 11:16:19 BST 2011
Anyone yearning for some spinning platters in their storage solution can now
get up to 4GB shoehorned into just 1" square.
I recently made up some more 16 bit IDE interfaces (which corrects the 2
wire modifications needed on the last lot) which are available now
these have a standard PC 4 pin power connector from a floppy drive so can be
used with a PC power supply to power the conventional hard disc too. A
patched ADFS ROM is needed to talk to the hardware
from the beeb end.
However, that's all quite big, so as an experiment I bought
which is an IDE to compact flash converter and a 4GB microdrive from some
Apple gizmo or other.
It worked fine, and the microdrive is a marvel of tiny mechanics: it's an
actual spinning harddisc in a roughly 1" square by 3mm package. It also has
the advantage of running of just 5V rather than needing 12V too like a big
hard disc would do, so the power supply can just be a 5V plug adapter,
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