[sebhc] hard sector substitute

Peter peter59 at sbcglobal.net
Mon Jun 28 19:36:56 CDT 2004

There is no magic or extra software needed to use 3.5 inch floppy disks. To
the controller, they look just like a 5.25 inch drive. If you use a standard
H37 controller, then you can only use 720k disks. If you have a CDR,
Magnolia, or a modified H37 controller, then you can have high density 1.44M
disks also. In this case, there will be modified drivers, but those have to
do with the controller, not the drive.

As for the "gizmo" to allow soft sector disk to work with the H17
controller, perhaps I can myself to it now that I have retired. The only
problem is that we are trying to move to Fortuna, CA - but it appears that
everyone else is wanting to do so also - no houses available, and in three
offers that we made, we were outbid!

I will post on any progress. You might want to send me reminders if you
don't hear from me for a while - I sometimes forget ;)

peter59 at sbcglobal.net - http://www.geocities.com/anapro.geo/

> -----Original Message-----
> > In the days when I was active with my H89, I would often use 
> > a 3.5 inch drive with my H37 controller. It was much more 
> > convenient than the 5.25 inch disks. 
> What did it take to run 3.5 drives with the H37? What drives 
> did you use
> - did you need 720K or could you use 1.4M units?
can think of at least 6 anyway (I'd be good for a couple, for sure).
> Jack

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