jules.richardson99 at gmail.com
Fri May 9 07:52:44 CDT 2008
Jacob Dahl Pind wrote:
> On Thu, 8 May 2008, Mark Davidson wrote:
>> NCR Tower... yes, I used to work for a company that had several of
>> those for
>> running RM/COBOL. Interesting little machines. I *think* they also
>> had a
>> special OS just for RM work. I haven't seen one of these in a long time.
> I got a ncr tower32 some time ago from a friend, was my intention to
> make a backup of its hardrives
What model? Although my model 700 is likely staying back in England (too heavy
to ship, unfortunately), I think I might have backups of the hard drives here
with me in the US and can have a look if needed. They're raw 'dd' dumps, but I
expect they'll work to an identical-or-larger drive.
> sadly the psu survied only one powering
> up, and given my limited space for storage I decied to pull all cards,
> backplates and hardrives from it, hope one day maybe to figure out what
> the pinout for the psu was and try to powering the whole lot up again.
I did once figure out the pinout for one of the 600 models for someone as
theirs had a broken PSU - I'll have a look to see if I still have it. It might
be model-specific though; I know that PSU was different to the one in my 700.
> If anything else fails at the very least try to get the harddrives
> dumped, still searching for a mfm controler for that job though, Have a
> 2090 mfm card for my amiga systmes, but I havent been able to make that
> talk to those 200mb mfm drives the ncr used.
Oh. That'll teach me to reply before reading the whole message :-) Sounds like
yours was a 4xx/5xx/6xx then, not a 7xx/8xx (which were SCSI).
Note that the data on the 700's disks was byte-swapped (i.e. "foobar" appears
as "ofbora"), so it needed converting before modern software (Linux in my
case) would make sense of it - your disk contents may well be the same. I
can't remember now if Linux supported NCR's partition layout right off, or if
I had to hack that.
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