Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

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Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

Hello All, I have a Vulcan IIgs that I've been meaning to repair for some time - both power supply and hard drive are bad. I have good replacement parts, but I ran across this SCSI to SD board from code/src a while back. Any reason why this would not be a fabulous replacement for the original SCSI drive? Is there any reason to think there might be hardware incompatibility issues with the Vulcan controller card?

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Re: Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

Vulcan card uses IDE/PATA hard drive, not SCSI HDD.

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Re: Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

It seems that replacing the hard drive on your Vulcan is harder than we thought.

http://www.applefritter.com/content/analyzing-track-zero-vulcan-harddrive

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Re: Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

It's not hard replacing the hard drive, it's just hard to find compatible ones. Once you find a suitable drive, all you need to do is format it with the Vulcan utilities.
I've a couple of spares for my Vulcans but right now I'm using Compact flash with an ide adapter. Finding suitable CFs are also hard. I sort of miss the Miniscribe and WD sounds but the CFs are a lot faster.
With the IIgs updating to the Vulcan Gold ROM is a good idea as there are more HDs that'll work with the card. If nothing else, there's companies that specialize in selling old HDs. Their prices can be a little high though

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Re: Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

AAAahhhhhrrrgh, my bad memory! Yes, the Vulcans had IDE interfaces - been so long I had forgotten. But definitely good to know that IDE to CF adapter works! I do have the Gold ROM, and a functional replacement drive (although I have not tested it since purchase), but I do prefer a non-mechanical HD; will definitely look into IDE/CF adapters. Thanks All!!

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Re: Vulcan IIgs hard drive replacement

Here's some pics of the CFs that worked with my Vulcan controller
https://drive.google.com/?usp=folder&authuser=0#folders/0B9r6vH-4NK4NRXpSMnlwSWh4SzA
Most CFs didn't work. I was looking into this as a backup for when my drives died but since they're twice as fast it's hard to go back to the drives.

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