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Old 05-24-2011, 12:21 PM   #1
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Default Modern storage solutions for A2000

So, I've started some initial browsing for some modern hard drive solutions for an A2000. I have an A2091 board with 2M ram in my 2000 already, but the drive is painfully slow to boot. It is also barely 40MB in size. I have browsed the BBOAH for IDE cards, better SCSI cards, but I would like a simple and not too radically expensive solution.

Anyone have a good solution? Should I just look for a better SCSI board than the 2091 (mine has rev 6.6 ROMS and a rev4 WD), or an IDE board (where I can then use CF/IDE adapters)?
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Old 05-24-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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Default Re: Modern storage solutions for A2000

I've been toying with this for the past year, too. I'm a bit jealous of those who can use CF cards as HDs.

I would love to find an inexpensive IDE interface.

I did find a supply of 4 Gig SCSI HDs a few months back. I bought 2 but haven't had a chance to test them yet. They are from an old server array with 68-pin interface.
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So, I've started some initial browsing for some modern hard drive solutions for an A2000. I have an A2091 board with 2M ram in my 2000 already, but the drive is painfully slow to boot. It is also barely 40MB in size. I have browsed the BBOAH for IDE cards, better SCSI cards, but I would like a simple and not too radically expensive solution.

Anyone have a good solution? Should I just look for a better SCSI board than the 2091 (mine has rev 6.6 ROMS and a rev4 WD), or an IDE board (where I can then use CF/IDE adapters)?
I think a Buddah Card would be your best bet:


http://www.jschoenfeld.com/products/buddha_e.htm

I had one in my A2000 and it was great. I think Amikit has them.
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Default Re: Modern storage solutions for A2000

There are also SCSI to IDE convertors that will allow you to use the IDE CF card off of your old SCSI controller..
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Old 05-24-2011, 02:43 PM   #5
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I've been toying with this for the past year, too. I'm a bit jealous of those who can use CF cards as HDs.

I would love to find an inexpensive IDE interface.

I did find a supply of 4 Gig SCSI HDs a few months back. I bought 2 but haven't had a chance to test them yet. They are from an old server array with 68-pin interface.
I have scsi card readers that allow you to use CF's right on the 50 pin scsi chain..no acard adapters needed.

For example: http://a4000t.com/store/index.php?ma...roducts_id=184

there are just bare drives offered also.
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Default Re: Modern storage solutions for A2000

Get a buddha, then you can use a CF card on that, or a cheapo ide drive. I have been using my buddha for a few years with no issues.
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Get a buddha, then you can use a CF card on that, or a cheapo ide drive. I have been using my buddha for a few years with no issues.
Buddha is EOL and neither Vesalia or AmigaKit carry them. It does seem like a great solution though!
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Old 05-24-2011, 03:37 PM   #8
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Default Re: Modern storage solutions for A2000

I ordered a fastATA about 2 weeks ago and haven't gotten it yet, but it is going to have to ship from Poland to the US, so it's no biggie.

I will say that now that I have some decent SCSI drives actually working in there, it's not such a big deal, and I'm wondering if I've wasted all that money

On the flipside, the drives are loud and they seem pretty hot as well. I have an a2000 and an a3000. Both of them have places for 2x floppy drives, but honestly, they only really need one...So I'm thinking I'll try and get some kind of cradle where you can remove one (or both) cf cards from one of the areas where a floppy drive should go. That way, when the computer is off, I can yank the cards out and do what I need to do in UAE THAT is the big "cool thing" for me - mounting the cards in UAE and configuring them as I see fit, before plugging them back into the miggy, powering up, and running things there as native.

My only question is the speed...how much slower is this going to be than running native SCSI???
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How about a Deneb and boot off a flashdrive? My friend did that. Do you have an accelerator?
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How about a Deneb and boot off a flashdrive? My friend did that. Do you have an accelerator?
When I get my Deneb its going into the 4000.

I just got an itch to get my 2000 up and running as a "backup"

That and I can get and Indivision ECS for it. It's a bog standard 2000 rev 4.3 with 2M on the 2091. Accelerators aren't very common at the moment and tend to be pricey. That's the problem when there are 2 miggys fighting for your foo money!
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Hmm.. Maybe I should test that GVP I have for the A2000 :P
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I have scsi card readers that allow you to use CF's right on the 50 pin scsi chain..no acard adapters needed.

For example: http://a4000t.com/store/index.php?ma...roducts_id=184
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Hi,

You can store your A2000 in the bottom of a closet, or if you have a shelf in the closet you can store it on the shelf, sometime an empty dresser drawer will work (has to be big though). I know one guy who tried to store his in the freezer, this is a cold solution for the A2000.
One thing to always remember when storing your A2000, wrap it up in a plastic bag to keep the dust out.

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You can store your A2000 in the bottom of a closet, or if you have a shelf in the closet you can store it on the shelf, sometime an empty dresser drawer will work (has to be big though). I know one guy who tried to store his in the freezer, this is a cold solution for the A2000.
One thing to always remember when storing your A2000, wrap it up in a plastic bag to keep the dust out.

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Buddha is EOL and neither Vesalia or AmigaKit carry them. It does seem like a great solution though!
It says TBA on the Amikit page. I would email them if I was looking.

http://amigakit.leamancomputing.com/...roducts_id=486
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As far as the buddha board, I asked amikit. They said that they don't have any and don't think they'll get any more.

I emailed the guy that was building those boards, Jens Schoenfeld I think is his name, and he said that the standalone Buddha will no longer be produced, but it will be part of some other kit in the (hopefully) near future.
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I ordered a fastATA about 2 weeks ago and haven't gotten it yet, but it is going to have to ship from Poland to the US, so it's no biggie.
The only zorro fastata I've found says it's zorro 3 & for the a3000/a4000.

I would like to soup up an a1500, before I get bored with it and sell it.
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I think there is a solution for IDE by using the 68000 chip. It worked on an A500, but i think your best bet is getting the SCSI CF reader, it's new and you already have a SCSI board for your A2000.
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