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Strategies for retrieving data from an MFM ST-506/412 H/D

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Would anyone have any ideas about how to retrieve data from an Epson HD-860 when one doesn't have access to a computer that supports the ST-506/412 interface? Is there such a thing as an adapter that converts allows the ST-506/412 to connect to an EIDE connector?

Assuming I can get over the connection hurdle (big assumption!), would DOS (I mean real DOS, not a Windows start-up disk) be able to read the drive?

Thanks!

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This was a pleasant blast from the past on hard drives,  
  http://www.redhill.net.au/d-a.html
I remeber spending big bucks on these oldies.

Anyway you are going to have to find a controller card for the older interface.  I think that it would be an ISA card and that may be a problem since most recent PC don't do ISA.  So you might also need an older computer.  Probably best if you could actually find a whole old system that supports the drive and just swap the drive in.  Then connect the old system with a null modem serial connection and use something like laplink to transfer any data to a new PC.

If memory serves me you will also need the right drive settings to access the drive but I do beleive that any real DOS will do the trick.  If the more recent version do not try to find an old DOS 3.3 disk.

You could also try contacting a forensic data recovery outfit.  You could probably find one able to do it.  

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Thanks, kode99. I'm on the hunt for a controller card or an old system.

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