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Adding a second Drive to a FS-A1FX

A couple of days ago I posted an instruction how to connect a PC drive to a FS-A1FX.

Now that I’ve everything working I was thinking about the extra signals on the TC8566F Disk Controller. I’ve looked at the schematics in the Service Manual and decided to try out a 2nd drive.

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On Pin 62 there is a MEN1 (Motor Enable 1) signal and on pin 68 a DS1 signal. Both are not connected.

Because they are not connected I had to solder 2 wires straight to the disc controller. (Only try this if you have a small soldering iron and a steady hand)

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To fixate the wire in a way that it wont damage the Disk Controller, I’ve glued them with hot glue to the mainboard.

I’ve put these 2 signals on the same ribbon cable as the first drive, but connected them to pin 16 & 10 of the 2nd drive. The rest of the signals are already on the ribbon cable.

Keep in mind that the Power Supply isn’t strong enough to power 2 drives, so use an external powersupply. I’m planning to use this 2nd drive connector for a virtual floppy drive, the power is sufficient for this without an external Powersupply.

If you want to use an external diskdrive I recomend to use an old HDD Enclosure. I had an unused IDE enclosure (there are a lot on 2nd hand markets, cause a lot of people nowadays use SATA discs).

I’ve put a diskdrive in such an enclosre and only use the buildin powerconnector and on/off switch. I’ve added a LED on the 5V line, so I can see if the power is switched on.

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Also I’ve made a little gap so the flatcable can come out nicely.