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 PostPost subject: MFM Hard disks        Posted: Wed Aug 29, 2007 8:05 pm 
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Sat Aug 19, 2006 8:09 am



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Recently I've got a MFM hard disk from my uncle. It seems to be still working when I power-up it by the power cable from the IDE to USB cables I bought.
And later I dug out 2 MFM cables from an iron box (luckily they're left in my box and hadn't been thrown away.)
Also I've got a MFM controller card from a net bidding seller, but he's not sure if it still works.

Now the problem is, how I should test/know if they're really working?

I've plugged the card onto a mainboard with Pentium 100MHz but it can't be detected. Later I tried my 486 but the board died before I test the card :(
Would that really matter if I plug the card onto a board that is way too new than a 286/386?

Also, tried Googling with MFM and found 1 thing: MFM HDDs need a controlling cable and a data cable. Now, one of them seems to be identical with the cable used on 5.25' floppy drives. But were they really identical? :?
I mean, they might just looked the same and could even be plugged on but might not really work?


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 PostPost subject:        Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2007 12:01 am 
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Tue Oct 17, 2006 8:26 pm

Unless there is something you want to get off of it, I'd give up. Slow doesn't even describe it... a floppy drive works on MFM. Hope that clears things up (and if you didn't pick up on it, yes it is a standard floppy drive cable).

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