View Full Version : Help Connecting My IBM 5160 XT Hard Drive on my modern computer

May 30th, 2011, 04:13 PM
I connected the ISA card into my modern computer and connected the IBM's hdd to it, but it won't show up.

is there any drivers I need to get.

May 31st, 2011, 04:55 AM
More than likely that you can't. These early IBM (and generally all early compatibles) use MFM hard drives. Modern BIOS' just can't support them. Read this thread: http://www.vintage-computer.com/vcforum/showthread.php?10200-ST-225-MFM-in-newer-PC

May 31st, 2011, 09:05 AM
What "modern" PC has ISA slots anyway? The last one I saw was a special-order P4 board (Soyo, I think).

You might be able to get it working, but observe that the I/O ports and IRQ defaults for the XT controller are likely to conflict with existing hardware. There may also be some substantial BIOS conflicts as well.

May 31st, 2011, 09:17 AM
I was able to get an MFM controller working in a Pentium II once, but it conflicts with things - I think I had to disable the onboard IDE controller in the BIOS.