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May 20th, 2014, 04:47 PM

I've got an Epson Equity 1+ which I want to get the files off of. What is the best way to do this? I've seen on the web that I might be able to hook up a docking station, but I don't know whether the drive is SATA or IDE, or whatever. It looks like a 5.25" Seagate drive.

Any help with a direction to go in, is appreciated.


(I'd also be interested in selling it after, if anyone is interested. I'm in Massachusetts.)

May 20th, 2014, 05:05 PM
I think the drive is the 10 mb Seagate ST412 (not confirmed), which uses the ST506 Controller mentioned here:

May 20th, 2014, 05:29 PM
Docking station or just popping it in a new machine isn't really an option. Even if it is IDE - it'll be 8 bit IDE.
The manual suggests a 20Mb 3.5" drive - https://files.support.epson.com/pdf/e1p___/e1p___u1.pdf - but if you remove it the model number should be clearly printed.

The main options for data retrieval will involve running the machine and:

- serial cable (null modem) connected to a slightly more modern PC (Windows 98 tops) using LapLink 3 or FastLynx 2
- same as above but using 360KB floppies
- install a 3.5" floppy disk drive and transfer with those (this machine supports 720KB)

If the hard drive is connected to an optional expansion card, you should also be able to move it in to a 286,386,486 era machine too (taking the card, cables, and drive).

May 21st, 2014, 05:47 AM
Thanks SpidersWeb!

Just what I needed. Your suggestions are much appreciated! I'm working with a guy in my town and have forwarded your suggestions to him. I'll post how it went next week, when we sit down to it.

Have a great day! :-)