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Are the PCF 554 Disk Drives Compatible?

PCF 554 disk drive compatibility

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#1 fadix OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 3:11 PM

The question is in the title. Are PCF 554 drives compatible with 8-bit Atari systems? What I've read so far points to the drive being only compatible with the PC line, but I can't find a definitive answer.



#2 Mathy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 4:29 PM

Hello fadix

I googled "Atari PCF554" and found, among other things, this picture:

dsc08009.jpg

I guess that means it not compatible. Remember, the PCF554 is a PC drive which connects to a PC. The XF551 is a PC drive which connects to an Atari 8 bit computer. The latter needs hardware to translate signals from the drive to the computer and vice versa, the first doesn't.

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#3 BillC OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 4:51 PM

I don't have any knowledge about the PCF554 drive, but it's likely that in addition to the different interface board that it also uses a 720KB drive mechanism.



#4 Larry OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 5:15 PM

No.  This was supposedly almost compatible with the ST (68000 cpu) line.  You had to do a minor mod to use them.  Might pose this question in the ST forum and you might get more info.

 

Notice the round-type drive connectors (yes, hard to see, but not nearly wide enough to be SIO connectors).

 

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#5 Mathy OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 6:12 PM

Hello guys

After finding out that "atari PCF 554" gives different results then "atari PCF554", I found the page with the pictures again:

dsc08005s.jpg

Sincerely

Mathy

PS http://www.amibay.co...read.php?t=8758

#6 Fletch OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 7:50 PM

I believe this was made for the Atari PC-1.  An MS-DOS clone made by Atari.  Looked like the Mega ST.  

 

http://www.tietokone...eita/atari-pc1/


Edited by Fletch, Sun Feb 2, 2014 7:51 PM.


#7 charliecron OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Feb 2, 2014 8:01 PM

Pretty sure you could use standard external ST floppy drives on the PC-1 as well...



#8 fadix OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Feb 3, 2014 7:20 AM

Thank you everyone who responded. Definitely not compatible with 8-bit Ataris.







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