rx01 w/o controller board
ethan.dicks at gmail.com
Wed Apr 6 01:03:35 CDT 2005
On Apr 5, 2005 2:07 PM, Brad Parker <brad at heeltoe.com> wrote:
> Silly me, I bid on an RX01 on ebay, hoping it had a controller card.
> Naturally it's just the drive. It has a nice Digital sticker on the side
> and seems dirty but mechanically sound and the head looks ok.
I don't know if I have the right auction, but I did go back over
'rx01' in completed auctions and saw a couple completed ones for what
is depicted as the drive mech only... if one of them is you, what you
have is a small part of an RX01/RX02 drive subsystem... the parts I've
broken them down to (for cleaning, etc.) is a pair of drive mechs
(like it seems you have), two large circuit boards, a PSU, a fan and
duct assembly, and a frame that all these other elements mount on.
This frame is not used when one is mounting drives in a DECmate I
pedestal, but for rack-mount or tabletop mounting, there _is_ a steel
One does not _need_ the frame, strictly speaking, but it does have all
the right standoffs for the board set, the hinge (the top board swings
up and out of the way of the lower board), and screw holes for
Someone like me might put what you have to use (I have an RX01 down to
one drive because the bearings seized up on one of the drive motors),
but you need a lot of pieces to turn what you have into a working
If you _do_ score the boards, etc., you might be interested to note
that DEC _did_ sell single-drive versions of the RX01 (and possibly
the RX02), but I gather they weren't particularly popular, since most
floppy systems tended to have one boot floppy and one open floppy for
random data disks. The RX01 inside a VAX-11/780 was one notable
exception, as the particular application (console processor) didn't
need more than one drive to do its job.
Good luck with putting something together, but my personal opinion is
that you have purchased spare parts for a complete drive you'll find
later. Perhaps you'll get lucky and find a cheap single-drive RX01 or
RX02 and be able to mount what you have now and plug it in and turn it
into a dual-drive system.
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