I am a sucker for 8 bit
junk components, and recently picked up a Sider hard disk for my Apple //e. I was able to talk myself into the purchase by fondly remembering how I lusted after this piece of equipment back in the day, and how cool my Apple //e will be when it has a hard disk drive attached!
Unfortunately, I was only able to get the drive and I am beginning to realize that this is going to be a long term project. I do not have a controller card for the drive, nor did the prior owner, so other than knowing the drive will spin up when power is applied, I have no way of knowing what condition the unit is in. For example, there is no way to tell if the heads were ever parked (and even if they were, the power on test probably un-parked them). So I am (of course) worried about mechanical problems with a 30-ish year old hard disk drive and anxious to try and get it working again (and determine if I got suckered into buying a really sexy paperweight).
Enough background, my question is what should I look for in a controller card? I've read that the Sider was SASI (the forerunner of SCSI) and that the RamFAST card by Sequential Systems would be a good choice for a controller (assuming I can find one). I've also read that Apple produced a SCSI controller for the //e and //gs but I am uncertain if that card would work with a SASI drive (assuming the drive is SASI). I have been scanning ebay and there are a few auctions for cards but no concrete information if they would work. Also, they are not cheap and I would prefer to avoid throwing good money after bad if the drive is a dud.
As always, any and all input is greatly appreciated!