[vcf-midatlantic] Looking for a Kalok IDE drive

Andrew Diller dillera at gmail.com
Thu Jan 10 08:35:52 EST 2019

The 20Meg miniscribes on the early MacSE's had the sound you describe. They used a big stepper motor and not a voice coil to move the heads. That may be the sound you are trying to capture.

I think i have a few of them around, i'll see if any spin up in an external scsi enclosure.

If they do i'll bring it Sat.


> On Jan 10, 2019, at 7:43 AM, Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
> I'm using Dr. Schaeffer's IDEFile:
> http://john.ccac.rwth-aachen.de:8000/patrick/idefile.htm
> So I would need a 16 bit ATA drive. As far as sound, I was looking for
> something with an audible seek, but quiet spindle. The Lisa's original
> Widget drive has a rather unique sound, and I want to capture some of that
> uniqueness with the IDEfile. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ADMHAdSNpM
> In one of my IDEFiles I have a ~200 mb Quantum drive. It makes some nice
> unique sounds, but is developing stiction issues.
> -J
> On Wed, Jan 9, 2019 at 11:22 AM Herb Johnson via vcf-midatlantic <
> vcf-midatlantic at lists.vcfed.org> wrote:
>> "Why??? I’m looking for something to use with an IDE adapter on my Lisa,
>> and [I] want it to sound interesting."
>> It's a little amusing, to ask for hard drives based on acoustics. I'm an
>> old person from a different time; I guess it's a thing now. (Yes, I know
>> there's videos of stacks of drives playing tunes, thank you.) When drive
>> stepping was noisier, it was a diagnostic, more convenient than a
>> blinking "drive activity" LED.
>> I'm guessing, the Lisa may not accept any ancient IDE hard-drive. I know
>> that some really old IDE hard drives have "the wrong" IDE interface (8
>> bit data and not standard 16 bit data). Is there a list of IDE hard
>> drive brand/models the Lisa could reasonably use?
>> So - is there really a demand for "acoustic" IDE hard drives? Also, with
>> a sound like a winding up jet engine as they start up? I can dig up some
>> of these. No warranties.
>> Herb
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>> Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey in the USA
>> http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
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> Jason Perkins
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