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12-20-2005, 06:10 AM
picked up a pcmcia hard drive up from ebay for £5 its a ct260t2 by calluna, apparenlty its a re=badged ibm microdrive
will it work with an amiga?
so i can take all my games off my brothers 1200 and put them on my new one his doenst hav anything but a hard drive, minehas specs in sig. lol, but he had his in about 1998 or so, when i blew my last one up, before getting this current one. so he has stuff on there that hopefully is usable...
seems to work on the laptop i'm posting from, well, xp picks it up, but cant install drivers, apparently.... i'm assuming they wil have been left in from nt4
12-20-2005, 09:49 AM
Yes........they work perfectly. Just get Fat95.lha and cfd.lha from Aminet, and you should be good to go.
I have tried them myself. Get a Compact flash to PCMCIA adaptor of course....and make sure Microdrives fit in it....as Micro drives are thicker than Compact flash.
12-20-2005, 01:06 PM
i thik you're thinking of using something else...?
can i not format it to ffs? or will that not work?
i'm using it between 2 amigas
i mean its one of these i
C. T. Ltd. PCMCIA II 260 MB disk drive (CT260T2). www.callunacard.com. IBM Microdisk.
12-20-2005, 09:06 PM
I got the 520 meg version to transfer files to my old Compaq P120 laptop, and it works fine in a PC but there's no way it's gunna fit in my A1200 desktop.
You'll need some sort of extension for the PCMCIA slot.
12-20-2005, 09:18 PM
Yes.I am talking about Amigas.........you have to format it in a PC compatible filesystem even to use between Amigas......trust me, you will be happy for doing this as it will be a universal card.
get Fat95.lha and cfd.lha
I do not think you can format it with FFS as its not a standard PCMCIA SDRAM card..........And NO you do NOT need an extension to fit it in the Amiga.......just a normal Compact Flash to PCMCIA adaptor that fits Microdrive as well.
the Fat95 formatted Microdrive will be seen immediately by workbench..its a no brainer no hassle.
You will not be able to boot from it by the way......unless you connect it to the IDE port via an IDE to Compact flash adaptor. Then you can actually format it in FFS as a normal IDE drive. But you dont want that, as you want it to swap files.
12-20-2005, 10:41 PM
And NO you do NOT need an extension to fit it in the Amiga.......just a normal Compact Flash to PCMCIA adaptor that fits Microdrive as well.
Can you supply a link to the correct CF to PCMCIA card?
I've got one, but there's no way the microdrive will fit in it.
12-20-2005, 10:50 PM
How large of one of these can you use? And are you talking about these?
12-21-2005, 01:27 AM
Mine is a type III card, similar in size and shape to a squirrel scsi card, but the connector is only 1 centimetre long (see here (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=8721133098&category=3710)).
A1200/A600s only take Type I/II PCMCIA cards?
12-21-2005, 07:35 AM
the 520 one you mention, is literally the 2 platter version of the 260 one i have in my hand.... hence why it takes up 2 slots so should work the same......mines a type 2..
i was wondering about it being ffs only because i do not intend to use it in a pc, since all my pcs use winxp, and aside from this laptop, which id doesnt like, are all desktops, without pcmcia slots
@ leirbag - its not a compact flash drive! its a pcmcia hard drive, sorry for me getting the wrong wordage, and, i know that you're talking about amigas.....this is why i posted the review......it has pictures
but thanks for the help anyway much appreciated
12-21-2005, 07:41 AM
yes, but this one is 260 meg.....
12-21-2005, 08:16 AM
Wow thanks for that link! I have the SAME exact card! except mine is 2 gig...I payed $200 for it about 2 years ago! man I feel bad...cuz that one is 5 gig and is only $59
Anyway YES PCMCIA harddrives also work on the Amiga.....except it will NOT work on th A1200 right off he bat.....I thik you have to have that PCMCIA reset fix for those PCMCIA Harddrives to work on the A1200. It will NOT work on my A1200 but it DOES work on the A600. I have tons of stuff backed up.
The only thing is, these PCMCIA Hardrives are Extremely slow! because of he moving parts.....compact flash is much faster.
Nevertheless....a 4gig Compact flash will run about $350 !!!
So if you need the space, go for that Toshiba card. I use it for Music 8svx and Mods for Hippoplayer. I record IFF (8svx) Songs ay 19khz or above. My version of MP3's :-D
The PCMCIA Type 3 might also work if you get an extender.....but I dont know that for sure.
I wll post a link or the Compact Flash to PCMCA adaptor. They are identical to regular CF to PCMCIA adaptors, but with a sightly more open space to fit the fat part of the Microdrive.
Here is The Microdrive adaptor:
(Notice the more open space for the microdrive to fit)
Here is a neat solution if you dont want to buy he adaptor:
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