RLL vs. MFM

Eric Smith eric at brouhaha.com
Tue Mar 8 14:54:01 CST 2005


Ming_Mae wrote:
> No you can't use a RLL with an MFM controller. Similar but not the same.

If you're talking about using drives with the ST506/ST412 interface, you
most certainly can use an "RLL drive" (e.g., ST277R) on an MFM controller.
Of course, you'll only get 2/3 the capacity that you would get with an
RLL controller.

Using an "MFM drive" with an RLL controller often works, but it depends
a lot on the drive.  In my experience high-quality drives like the Maxtor
XT1000 and XT2000 series always worked fine.

Eric




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