Amlyn Minipac diskette changer
cclist at sydex.com
Mon Jul 19 15:56:49 CDT 2010
On 19 Jul 2010 at 8:00, Steven Hirsch wrote:
> The new disk loads properly without mechanical issues, but will not
> format or otherwise show signs of life. I'm guessing they wanted to
> preserve a market for blank diskettes and cartridges. Reminds me of
> the DEC Rainbow (wasn't that system deliberately crippled to prevent
> it from being able to format blank media?).
If the Amlyn disks use an embedded servo, formatting one is a
mechanical issue--you need to periodically offset from the central
track axis a bit one way or the other to write a servo burst. Not
easy to do wth a conventional read/write drive.
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