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Article #206 (419 is last): Newsgroups: freenet.sci.comp.atari.questions From: ak128@cleveland.Freenet.Edu (Chuck Shieff) Subject: ST drive to 8-bit?? Date: Mon Aug 13 05:22:13 1990 I have a Single Sided ST 3.5" Disk drive. Is there any way I can connect it to the 8-bit?? I have no pin-out data. Do I need to ? -- Chuck Shieff AKA-Electric Knight ^*^*^*^*^*^*^*Answered by Mark Leair^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^*^ I'm posting your message in hope that anyone with more familiarity with the ST drives will see it and possibly provide you with better solid information. My guess is that your answer is no. Since you didn't say what brand name the drive is I'm going to guess it's an Atari ST drive. My guess is that the Atari ST drive is strictly for the ST machine (it has a specific ST controller in it...) Of course if the actual drive mechanism is perhaps a standard SCSI or SASI it could be hooked up with a controller and an MIO or ATR 8000 or Bob Puff's device (which I haven't heard that much on). If you're going to go to the trouble of buying a SCSI or SASI controller and MIO you may as well spend the extra $200 - $300 and buy a hard disk and case unit (which usually includes the cooling fan and power supply). Another alternative, if the drive mech is a standard IBM-style mech, is installing it into an XF551. Documentation on doing this is floating around all over the place. Might even be on my BBS. Ken at Part-Time successfully converted a XF551 into a 3.5" drive....It's not hard from what I heard. I heard the hardest part is finding someone with the Eprom and someone who will burn you the Eprom for the drive.... Hope this helps you out. If anyone else has any additional information please post it here....