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Cable Select (CS) appeared as an optional component of ANSI standard X3.221-1994 in 1994, the first published standard describing “IDE” (and later known as ATA-1). This also seems to correspond to the availability of drives implementing the standard; for example, Conner’s CFS-210A, introduced in October 1993, doesn’t support it, but their drives introduced ...


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You’re running into compatibility issues with very old drives. In this particular case, your drives are new enough to support the ATA “identify device” command (which is how your hwinfo input includes the drive’s names), but there’s something going wrong with the “read capacity” commands. I suspect the reason is that these commands are LBA-based, and your ...


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I think I found the main part of the answer by searching through a standards document. IDE connectors have some dedicated and re-purposed signal lines specifically for DMA. Some of these stay asserted for as long as a DMA transfer is in progress, allowing the other device to see when a DMA has finished and thus when new commands can be sent by the host. [1] ...


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The easiest way is to get an external USB enclosure or USB-to-IDE adapter. IDE-to-SATA adapters exist, but they require opening up your computer to install. When selecting hardware, keep in mind that IDE (PATA) hard drives come in two common varieties: "desktop" (usually 3.5" form factor, with a 40-pin data cable and a 4-pin power cable), and "laptop" (...


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The controller shouldn’t cause problems, because the interface is largely backwards-compatible — so unless you have a drive which doesn’t quite adhere to the “spec”, it should be able to talk to the controller. (There wasn’t really a spec for the first IDE drives, so take that with a pinch of salt...) What will cause problems in anything vaguely recent (...


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The hard drive is so old that it pre-dates the era of auto-detecting the drive parameters. If the USB adapter cannot determine the correct drive parameters automatically then there is no way to force the parameters. Connecting it to a PC where you can manually set the drive parameters in BIOS is the fastest solution. The standard drive parameters should be ...


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A laptop of the vintage you mention will most likely have a 2.5-inch IDE, PATA (Parallel ATA), hard disk drive. Of course, you will need to disassemble the laptop and remove the drive to confirm. Once removed, you can obtain a low-cost enclosure, such as this one from amazon, to connect the drive via USB 2.0 to a more modern computer. Most likely, the FAT ...


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The Amiga can support multiple mass storage controllers, subject to the following necessary limitations: Any time multiple controllers are using AutoConfig, each controller must correctly support the AutoConfig protocol. This means it must pass the token to other controllers on the bus so that each controller gets a chance to configure itself. Each mass ...


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The Amiga A4000T is the only Amiga to include both a SCSI-II controller and an IDE interface on the motherboard. And, if you can believe the entry in the BBOAH is also THE RAREST home computer ever, with only ~35 known to exist. Note: This is referring to the units manufactured by Commodore, and not those that followed the bankruptcy. Anyway, she's a rare ...


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@Justme has covered the topic of drive detection, but since the question is requesting "next steps" for data recovery I'd like to speak to reading the data once your hardware is able to "see" the drive. As you have access to Linux, I highly recommend using GNU ddrescue for reading the disk especially given its age. ddrescue will create an image of the ...


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After some more digging I actually found the card on stason.org: http://stason.org/TULARC/pc/hard-disk-floppy-controllers/I-L/INFOMATIC-POWER-SYSTEMS-CORPORATION-Two-IDE-AT-Int.html The layout and jumpers match exactly, even though it is listed under a different manufacturer.


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This document should tell you all. These jumpers configure state of the multi I/O card devices, and their port locations. The document states different chip UM82C865F, but the jumper functionality should be the same or similar. At the end of the day you can figure out yourself. Update: I found datasheet of the W83757 on the alldatasheet.com; there's some ...


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My condolences. You can hook up that (assumed) ATA harddisk using an appropriate USB adapter (you'll need the 44-pin type for 2.5" drives, thx Brian) - many electronic shops still stock ATA/SATA-to-USB adapters.


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I bought a IDE to USB converter from a local store.There were two extra pins on my hard drive so I had to do some fiddling and connect the AC power supply I connected the adapter to my Linux laptop (also works on Windows) and I could see the files stored on the FAT32 filesystem. The disk is almost full (The thing is 4GB and has 100MB left , my laptop has ...


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SGI was one of the leading vendors to put a modern touch around X/Motif. IRIX came with ViewKit and OpenInventor, plus some SGI-specific libraries to handle desktop integration, all part of SGI's DeveloperMagic development environment. To enable developers to build a fully IRIX-Integrated application, SGI provided a whole landscape of C++ libraries and ...


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From another good answer: "Connecting it to a PC where you can manually set the drive parameters in BIOS is the fastest solution." Hint for finding such a PC: The facilities to manually set such parameters in the BIOS setup will often be present in mainboards that are equipped with ISA/EISA slots. Such boards still physically supported some ancient ISA/EISA ...


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