View Full Version : XT IDE news or status?

February 27th, 2014, 07:02 AM
I've watched (and drooled over) the XT IDE work on and off for a few years, and I see some spin-off projects like the one over at http://dangerousprototypes.com/2012/03/27/peacon-xt-cf-board/ .

Any news or status on the project? I guess I have the normal questions:
Is the project still active? Is one of the spin-off projects recommended instead? Are there boards available?

February 27th, 2014, 07:52 AM
The original XTIDE Designer (Andrew Lynch) periodically lists ready-made adapters on eBay (this, for example (http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/8-bit-ISA-XT-IDE-V2-assembled-and-verified-working-/271396626826)).

My take on storage for XT's, and some other projects, here (http://www.lo-tech.co.uk/shop).

February 27th, 2014, 08:28 AM
Oh, fantastic! There was one on ebay today - looks like one of your boards being passed along. I guess I was so conditioned by the early "no ebay" rules that it didn't occur to me to check. :P

Nice site you've got, too. I'll be interested to keep an eye on the EMS board; hopefully that project comes along nicely as you get the chance!

February 28th, 2014, 11:26 AM
Is it possible to use the XT IDE card with the existing MFM hard drive, and how do I control which one boots/drive order? Or do I need to unplug the old hard drive? Ideally I'd boot off the old hard drive and use the XT IDE as a data drive.

I assume it's safe to play with both plugged in, but please correct me if that would be bad!

(This is in a IBM 5160 XT, no surprises or modifications I know of other than full 640k memory.)