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#1 bob1200xl OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2014 5:57 PM

The XF351 is a 3.5 inch disk drive that Atari was going to sell for 8-bit computers. From what I understand, the s/w vendors objected to supporting two different media, so Atari shelved it (in my Attic) and brought out the XF551, instead.

 

Someone mentioned the XF351 on AA so I thought I might get mine out and play with it a little.

 

Hmmmmm... used to work some, doesn't now. It will respond to SIO but does not read or write.

 

I have more than enough to do so I thought I would just sell the thing and see if anyone else would be willing to get it going again.

 

Anyway, it is on ebay if you're interested.

 

Pardon the advertising but XF351s don't come around very often.

 

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Posted Sun Nov 9, 2014 7:09 PM

Man, I would love to get the board on this thing reproduced for installation in an SF314/354 housing.

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:12 AM

Hmm...  On the XF351, did Atari have a new shell molded or cut out the SIO jack holes (since the ST case has the round holes plus the "sort of Chevrolet badge" front opening)?  I've got a pair of Indus GT1000 (3.5" drives) that I used to use with my Floppy board.  Looks pretty cool to have a 3-1/2" case for our 8bit.

 

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:16 AM

The XF351 is a 3.5 inch disk drive that Atari was going to sell for 8-bit computers. From what I understand, the s/w vendors objected to supporting two different media, so Atari shelved it (in my Attic) and brought out the XF551, instead.

 

Someone mentioned the XF351 on AA so I thought I might get mine out and play with it a little.

 

Hmmmmm... used to work some, doesn't now. It will respond to SIO but does not read or write.

 

I have more than enough to do so I thought I would just sell the thing and see if anyone else would be willing to get it going again.

 

Anyway, it is on ebay if you're interested.

 

Pardon the advertising but XF351s don't come around very often.

 

Bob

 

 

 

Can you post pictures of the back and inside before selling would love to see more about this.

I cannot afford so much for this drive otherwise I had made a bid :-)



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 5:37 AM

WoW, l had no idea that this Atari drive was made, it looks like you use with the Atari ST too.

What DOS came with the XF351, you got pics fi the DOS disk?

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:00 AM

I think the DIN connector on the back is for power, not an ST floppy connector.



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 6:48 AM

Figures. They were only going to have one SIO port. :( Opps. Didn't see the SIO cable. Odd that they made one cable attached unlike all the other drives.

 

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:23 AM

Not odd, smart. Saves space, a real issue on such a small (compared to the 1050) drive and....it saves one SIO connector (on the PCB) that you already always have to connect anyways.

 

It would be really bad if they had left off the SIO connector to daisy-chain it.


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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:28 AM

Maybe handy to put a link to the actual auction directly in your first posting ?

 

http://www.ebay.com/...=item3cebf23de1

 

Better slam that piggy bank people.....



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:40 AM

Wow, $1000. How many units were made?



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 7:42 AM

I would have been the first bidder if it had started at 500..



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:17 AM

Yes, a link (and, maybe a picture) would have been nice. I'm still learning...

 

The round connector is for the power supply.

 

I don't know how many XF351s were made - not many.

 

No DOS for the XF351.

 

I'll take pictures before I send it off.

 

Yes, for $500 I'd buy it also. 

 

Bob



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:21 AM

Yeah, I've been known to drop some serious $$$ on ebay from time to time, but $1000 for something that it tested to not be working?



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:23 AM

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I just love this packaging.  Nostalgic Atari... 

 

 



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:30 AM

Bob,

 

Have you considered buying an SF314 or SF354 and swapping out the drive?  I'm betting Atari used the same drives for both.

 

The ST drives often go for cheap, especially the SF354 as it is single sided.



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:48 AM

Yes, well... it isn't dead, just crippled. All the parts are there and it almost works.

 

It's a collector's item, not an everyday workhorse. If you want a 3.5 inch drive on an 8-bit, use an XF551 converted to a 3.5.

 

Bob

 

Yeah, I've been known to drop some serious $$$ on ebay from time to time, but $1000 for something that it tested to not be working?



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:52 AM

No, it isn't an ST drive. The controller drives a 'standard' drive so you could probably convert the XF351 to that, but this is a one-of-a-kind item and you really shouldn't hack it up.

 

Bob

 

 

 

Bob,

 

Have you considered buying an SF314 or SF354 and swapping out the drive?  I'm betting Atari used the same drives for both.

 

The ST drives often go for cheap, especially the SF354 as it is single sided.



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 9:57 AM

I'm not doubting you, since you own one of these, but this suggests that it is the same mechanism as the SF354.

 

http://firewi.com/ahs/xf351.html

 

No, it isn't an ST drive. The controller drives a 'standard' drive so you could probably convert the XF351 to that, but this is a one-of-a-kind item and you really shouldn't hack it up.

 

Bob

 

 

 



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:36 AM

Dang... you're going to make me take it apart again, aren't you?

 

However it turns out, thanks for the link!

 

Bob



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:43 AM

I think it's the same mechanism too. The fact that they used the same controller as the ST's had is another hint in that direction. Plus that drive opening was pretty special....and typical for the ST mechanisms...

It's great that the box is included but I prefer the Warner period for Atari's packaging....it got really cheap and dull in the Tramiel era.

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:45 AM

That's why I'm here Bob.  :)

 

Good luck!

 

Dang... you're going to make me take it apart again, aren't you?

 

However it turns out, thanks for the link!

 

Bob



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:50 AM

Man, I would love to get the board on this thing reproduced for installation in an SF314/354 housing.


I really like that idea !!! would be cool if someone would be willing to offer one of these rare babies for some thorough investigation.....are there schematics ?

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:53 AM

Unit is going to need a retro-bright treatment by the way.....

sorry for being curious Bob but what is the hand writing on top of the box ? anything special ?

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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 11:58 AM

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I just love this packaging.  Nostalgic Atari... 

 

 

That looks like the exact same kind of packaging my XC11 was in.  It even had the same writing in marker on the box.  I wonder why they made production looking packaging for a prototype drive? Weird. 



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Posted Mon Nov 10, 2014 12:17 PM

OK - is this an SF354 mechanism? I assumed that the ST used regular 34-pin drives. Maybe not? The XF351 drive has a single row of interface pins and what looks like a standard power connector. It is also thicker than a regular 3.5.

 

Bob

 

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