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#1 2018-08-22 17:02:08

La_Porta
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From: CT
Registered: 2018-08-22
Posts: 4

Using an IDE to SD board with custom build Performa 637

Hi everyone,

I am new here, and wanted to raise an issue that I am having building a custom-case machine for my kids. I am building it out of a Performa 637, one of the first machines that had an IDE Drive internally. I obtained an IDE to SD adaptor to use a 2 GB card for an internal HD on it. Problem is, I can't get the thing to be read at all. I formatted the card with my iMac G4 under OS 9 with an Apple Partition Map and standard HFS. No issues. When I have the card in the adaptor, the power light is on, but no drive activity is seen. IDE bus works fine; the original internal HD works fine on it. Here is the adaptor that I got:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00DG … UTF8&psc=1

I have a feeling that there is some hardware issue, and that the IDE types are not compatible. Any suggestions, let me know.

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#2 2018-08-27 16:03:32

jt
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From: Bermuda Triangle, NC USA
Registered: 2014-05-21
Posts: 1,441

Re: Using an IDE to SD board with custom build Performa 637

Welcome! Glad to see you explain the aim of your project over here, didn't see it over there.

What OS are you running? Max partition size in that era was 2GB. I'd try setting the card up with two partitions to see if the situation changes. I have a lookalike of that adapter around here somewhere, I'll give it a try if and when I can locate the thing. Haven't set an SD card up for a desktop yet, just for PCMCIA on the 'Books.

Two partitions give you the option of having a choice of OS for messing around trying to bork things. big_smile

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#3 2018-08-28 00:54:37

La_Porta
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From: CT
Registered: 2018-08-22
Posts: 4

Re: Using an IDE to SD board with custom build Performa 637

Thanks, I'd appreciate your efforts. I'm going to fool around with it a bit more. I have my SCSI2SD working fine with it (via the CD-ROM connector), but I'd like to save it to use with other machines that are SCSI-only. I'll need to look at the other successes people have had with it.

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