SAIC V2-LC computers, need hard drives
recycler at swbell.net
Sat Nov 12 23:22:14 CST 2005
I've started working on my small pile of SAIC V2-LC computers, but run into
some snags with the disk drives.
For those that do not know of them, these are OEM-for-military portable
computers with a 386 or 486 processor. The hard disk is generally a Conner
CP30204 IDE drive, enclosed in a special case. The drive is the same
dimensions as the common IDE drive used in PCs today. The 3.5" form factor,
and about 3/4" tall.
The Conner CP30204 has the following specs:
size = 212 MB
CYL = 683
Heads = 16
Sectors = 38
WP = 0
LZ = 683
One necessary feature of this kind of drive is a an additional small 3-pin
connector for power, on the opposide end of the IDE connector from the
usual PC-style 4-pin connector. I have seen this only on Conner drives.
Might be on others, don't know.
Herein lies the issue..
Me needs more of these or similar drives (small sizes up to 500MB perhaps,
(due to DOS or 486 limitations). They need to have the small 3-pin power
connector, and that's the issue. I dug through all my 3.5' IDE drives, and
found only one 120MB one, and it's kaput..
The computer looks like this, shown with the disk drive case in front of
the machine and the 'ac adapter' to the left:
In any case, I am looking for either cased or naked drives. I have 6
machines and two 'good' hard drives. If anyone has an IDE drive with the
aforementioned small 3-pin connector, please let me know. I'm willing to
take a shot.
-Also looking for 4 or 8 meg 30-pin simms for same.
I have managed to cram windows 95 onto one of these little beasts, and it
is quite nice, even if slow.
Please! reply to my e-mail address, so i can be sure to receive any
Thank you very kindly,
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