|BBC IDE Hard Drive Interface|
|IDE Interface and hard drive|
This is a design for a replacement IDE interface that can be used with almost any off-the-shelf IDE drives with ADFS and HADFS. Robert Sprowson was a great help in getting the initial prototype working.
I've kept the design as simple as possible. You can build one youself, or I can supply the interface pre-assembled. The drive can be sat on top or beside the computer, or you can mount it in a case.
The interface has no 1MHz terminators or through-connector, so may need additional termination if you have anything else plugged in. All BBC filing systems use 8-bit sectors, so only half the actual drive space is usable without using specialised software.
|IDE Interface||ADFS Support||HADFS Support|
|Blank PCB, HADFS or ADFS ROM||£12.00||E15.00||In Stock|
|PCB, HADFS or ADFS ROM and components - self-assembly kit||£24.00||E30.00||In Stock|
|Assembled PCB, HADFS or ADFS ROM||£36.00||E45.00||Out of Stock|
|Assembled PCB, leads, HADFS or ADFS ROM, formatted drive
around 200M - just plug in and go.|
Note:Not outside EU.
|£42.00||E52.50||Out of Stock|
|Sterling prices include UK postage. Euro prices include postage within EU. Payment in Sterling or Euro notes or cheques payable to 'J.G.Harston' drawn on a UK bank. Orders to 70 Camm Street, Walkley, Sheffield S6 3TR. Email me for prices outside the EU. Euro prices are calculated at 80p to the Euro (E1.25 to the pound), rounded to the nearest 10c.|
Of course, hardware is useless without any software to drive it. I've patched ADFS 1.50 for the BBC Master to access IDE devices instead of SCSI devices. HADFS 5.30 or later for BBCs and Masters will access IDE drives. I have written HDInit to format drives. I supply the replacement ADFS or HADFS on an EPROM with any IDE PCB, along with a disk with HDInit and other utility programs.
I recommend using HADFS if you want to use hard drives on a BBC B, as ADFS claims a lot of memory, pushing PAGE up to &2100, and needs a 1770 floppy controller to access floppy disks. In the absence of other ROMs claiming any workspace, HADFS on the BBC raises PAGE to &1A00 (&1800 if DFS disabled) and to &1000 on the Master. initialises HADFS disks and can partition a disk between ADFS and HADFS. -->
|HDInit Drive Initialiser||HDInit.txt documentation||ADFS 1.53 ROM||HADFS 6.00 ROM|
|IDEDump test program||IDEDump.txt documentaion||Drive Compatiblity list||Drive Identity Data|
|HDInit.ssd||1.15||22-Mar-2012||HDInit.ssd||62K||DFS disk image containing HDInit.|
|IDEPatch||1.20||15-Aug-2005||IDEPatch.zip||29K||Patch for ADFS 1.50 to create ADFS 1.53 to access IDE hard drives. Also includes the patch to preserve directory context on Control-Break.|
|HADFS ROM and HADFS system disk.|
|BBCIDE||0.12||20-Dec-2004||EmulIO.zip||13K||Emulated IDE interface for BBC emulators running on RISC OS. Works with Warm Silence's 6502Em patched with my 65Patch and any emulator that implements the external emulated hardware protocol.|
|coding||Sample 6502 code to access IDE devices.|
|Specs.htm||IDE I/O port specification.|
|16bit||16-bit IDE interface. Robert Sprowson translated my design notes for a 16-bit interface into a full PCB. All BBC filing systems use 8-bit sectors, so using a 16-bit interface will not magically double your available drive space. However, if you want to experiment with accessing DOS-formatted hard drives or CR-ROMs you will need a 16-bit interface.|
|RetroClinic||RetroClinic produces IDE interfaces with Compact Flash card adaptors.|