DSD-440 and/or drive recommendation for PDP-8

Allison ajp166 at bellatlantic.net
Sun Jun 19 23:10:34 CDT 2005

>Subject: DSD-440 and/or drive recommendation for PDP-8
>   From: "Joe R." <rigdonj at cfl.rr.com>
>   Date: Sun, 19 Jun 2005 21:24:04 -0400
>     To: cctalk at classiccmp.org
>    I'm looking for a drive for my PDP-8 but I don't want something the
>weight and size of a RK-05. I also have several DSD-440 drives available to
>me.  Does anyone know if these can be used on the PDP-8 or have any
>experience with them? Does anyone know what kind of controller they need
>when used in the 8?  Or does anyone have a suggestion about what other
>drive can be used with the -8?  I realize that the DSD-440 or other drive
>may not be original for the -8 but I just don't want to deal with something
>the size, weight and unreliability of a RK-05.
>   Joe

The DSD440 is unknown for PDP-8.  I've always seen them on PDP-11s.
The best and easiest disk for PDP-8 is a RX01 (or RX02) Floppy drive
 and RX8E board. Thats nice as it was supported and easy hook up 
and repair.  Even if you don't have an RX8E its a trivial board 
easily copied.


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