non-DEC-compat HW to read RX02's?
Jerome H. Fine
jhfinedp3k at compsys.to
Mon May 11 19:53:06 CDT 2009
>Tim Shoppa wrote:
>What non-DEC-compatible stuff out there can read RX02's?
>Obviously the original RX02 drive can read RX02's... as can all the
>DSD, Sigma, etc. Q-bus, Unibus, Omnibus compatible controllers.
I still have a Sigma box (that is about 2/3 the size of a BA23) with a
8" floppy. It also has a built in hard drive of a size I can't
about 10 MB and is able to run RT-11 quite nicely. Since there is a Qbus
backplane, it should be possible to add a SCSI host adapter to allow copies
of any RX02 floppies to be made to a SCSI hard drive.
I realize that this is still much larger than an SA801 drive and a PC
but much better than a BA23 and RX02 or DSD 440.
>But what can read RX02's using a generic SA801-type drive and a PC-clone?
As a previous reply mentioned, a Catweasel controller may be able to
RX02 format. Since I still have a DSD 880/30 available and maybe even a DEC
RX02, that is not a problem for me. Although I can't remember wanting
an 8" floppy for about 10 years.
Now reading a real TU-58 tape using a real DEC TU-58 drive, that I have done
only a few months ago.
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