I seem to be dealing with a double-dose of trouble here. Not only is my recently-acquired Apple II Plus ailing, but I just discovered that the internal disk drive in my Apple IIc is no longer reading or writing disks. I already plan on cleaning the heads (Need to find some anhydrous alcohol) and calibrating the RPMs, and failing those I'll just try to find a new drive off eBay or someplace else, so I don't quite yet need help with that specific problem.
However, I am wondering if, in the meantime, it may be possible for me to connect an older Disk II drive directly to the internal drive connector on the IIc motherboard, and temporarily use the system in that manner. Although the connector is a physical match, my limited knowledge of the Apple II line in general makes me feel it wise to ask first, just to be sure.
If they are compatible and I am able to hook them up without trouble, this does raise another issue. The connector on the Disk II drive cable isn't keyed (It can be connected either way), nor does it indicate which pin is pin 1 (All of the cable wires are gray). Thus...I don't know which direction it should be connected. I don't yet have a controller card for the Disk II drive (I've been ordering parts individually as my budget allows), so I'm not able to use it for reference in identifying pin 1 on the connector to properly connect it to the IIc motherboard. So...assuming I can successfully use it with the IIc, which way should the connector go?