[sebhc] Hard-sectored disks
wm65805 at hotmail.com
Fri Feb 9 10:41:50 CST 2007
Yes there was a 3rd party that built and sold a FM/MFM controller card
that allowed the use of 8 inch disk drives.
It is also possible that the SWIM chip <that supports 1.4 media> could
access 8 inch drives using special software.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Bill Loguidice" <bill at armchairarcade.com>
To: <sebhc at sebhc.org>
Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 10:21 AM
Subject: RE: [sebhc] Hard-sectored disks
> In all my time with the Apple II, I never recall seeing or reading about
> 8 inch disk system, though that doesn't mean one didn't exist on the
> periphery. The infamous Disk II (soft-sectored, 5.25") was released in
> 1978, one year after the Apple II's release in 1977. The Disk II was
> cheaper than most other disk drives at the time, and certainly elegantly
> designed, probably negating the need for any other format, particulary of
> the 8" variety (and in fact the Disk II killed cassettes on the system
> pretty quickly too -- I'd hazard to say the Apple II had the quickest and
> most thorough adoption of disks as a software delivery standard than any
> other system at the time or for some time thereafter). Even the
> business-oriented Apple III didn't bother with 8" disks. It wasn't until
> the Apple IIc+ that a 3.5" disk drive was included as the internal drive.
> Bill Loguidice, Managing Director
> Armchair Arcade, Inc.
> (A PC Magazine Top 100 Website)
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: sebhc-bounces at sebhc.org
> > [mailto:sebhc-bounces at sebhc.org] On Behalf Of Dave Dunfield
> > Sent: Friday, February 09, 2007 11:13 AM
> > To: sebhc at sebhc.org
> > Subject: Re: [sebhc] Hard-sectored disks
> > > He may have been refering to some 8 inch system on an Apple??
> > Possible, although this certainly isn't the standard Apple-II
> > disk system ...
> > btw: I think all the hard-sector 8" systems I've seen have been
> > 32 sectors - were there 16-sector 8" disks?
> > Dave
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