Inleiding Amiga IDE FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Over time, The IDE interface has gone through quite a number of revisions, but the questions about the IDE interface have generally remained the same.
I'm going to try to cover some of those frequently asked questions in this Amiga IDE FAQ.
But first a small introduction to the IDE / ATA Interface:
I started developing this interface with a specific target group in mind:
The (Re) Introducer in the world of the Commodore Amiga.
Why specifically this target group? , simply because there are already a number of (professional) solutions that offer the possibility of storage on a hard disk or multimedia card to the more advanced Amiga user.
Think of hard disk products such as Commodore ( A590 ), GVP ( HD + 8 ), or the ACA 500 Plus .
The disadvantage of all these solutions is the accompanying price tag.
The first 2 have become collectors' items, based on (poorly available and therefore expensive SCSI disks), while the latter is a great solution if you want to spend your money on a total package of Compact-Flash based storage.
As a (re) entrant, it is nice if you can get acquainted with the phenomenon of mass storage with a small investment before you have to pull out your wallet for a hefty loss (100-250 euros).
Finally, I wanted a solution that would fit internally in my Amiga 500 without a cable salad.
With the latest revision of my internal interface for the Amiga 500, this wish has become a reality.
No cables whatsoever, you simply place the interface between the CPU and the motherboard and you're done.
Amiga IDE FAQ :
Will this interface fit my Amiga 500 / 500+ ?
Will this interface fit my Amiga 2000 ?
I read about a Zorro II interface for the Amiga 2000 ?
I already have a 68000 based extension, does this work together ?
Does this interface work with Kickstart version X.XX ?
Can I place files on the Compact Flash card myself ?
Can I also read / write the Compact Flash card on the PC ?
Can I install a larger Compact Flash card ?
Can I install a hard disk instead of the Compact Flash ?
Can I install a CD-ROM drive ?
Does the IDE interface work with Master / Slave combinations ?
Does the IDE interface also work with SD Cards ?
How much memory does the IDE Interface take up ?
Does the IDE interface also work with extension X ?
I prefer not to open my Amiga 500, is there also an external version ?
More info to come, work in progress