Diablo disk unit

tony duell ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sat Jan 17 00:15:03 CST 2015

> Can anyone shed a light on this?
> http://produto.mercadolivre.com.br/MLB-616158449-diablo-series-unidade-de-disco-30-_JM

It appears to be a standard Diablo model 30 disk drive. This is a front loading hard disk, similar
to an RK05, in fact it was used on the PDP11 with the RK11-C (but not RK11-D [1]) controller.

There are 2 versions, low and high density, which DEC badged as the RK02 and RK03. The latter
is format-compatible with the RK05, the former (which is much less useful) has half the bit
rate. It needs an external +/-15V power supply (I can't remember if it needs +5V too). 

[1] It uses 1-of-n selects, not the binary select scheme used by the RK11-D. It is possible
to kludge in a decoder to get the high density model working on an RK11D. AFAIK the
RK11-C supports both data rates, the RK11-D doesn't, so the low density version is pretty
much RK11-C only.

One oddity is the head positioner. It's a permanent magnet commutator type motor
with a rack and pinion mechanism.


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