[sebhc] Soft or Hard?

Steve Thatcher melamy at earthlink.net
Wed Jun 30 13:31:01 CDT 2004

the reason this whole thing started was to be able to use soft sector disks in a hard sector controller. The only reason to do that was to be able to use disks that are easier to come by.

I am not aware of any soft sector controllers (1771, 1793, 765, 8272, etc) that can be told to read hard sector formatted disks. The hard sector holes were used to mark a position on disk to read and write on. In a soft sectored format, data is written across an entire track when you format a disk. When you go to write on a specific sector, the controller actually reads the sector info off the track in order to find and then the write at the proper position.

best regards, Steve Thatcher

-----Original Message-----
From: Carroll Waddell <CarrollWaddell at sc.rr.com>
Sent: Jun 30, 2004 2:17 PM
To: sebhc <sebhc at sebhc.org>
Subject: [sebhc] Soft or Hard?

I wonder if it wouldn't just be easier to use the soft sector controller 
that Heath made for the H8 / H89.
Am I missing the point? Why try to fool the H17 into thinking that a 
soft sector is a hard sector.
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