IBM 6360 - Filesystem(ish) info?

Anders Nelson anders.k.nelson at
Tue Feb 19 12:24:38 CST 2019

Hi Ali,

I'm planning on a USB controller, but I've seen ISA projects that are also
microcontroller based so I think it wouldn't be awfully difficult to
replace the USB data pipe with an ISA one.

Zooming out, I have a list of USB controllers to build:

- Kennedy 9800 tape drive
- IBM 6360 8" floppy drive
- IBM <something> 5 1/4" floppy drive

My friends think it's silly, and they're probably right. =P

On Tue, Feb 19, 2019, 1:18 PM Ali <cctalk at wrote:

> >
> > Now that I have my glorious disk toaster (2D model I think, says "2D"
> > on
> > the drive levers), I want to build a controller for it. I found pinouts
> > and
> > some description of the media organization here:
> >
> >
> > 6248-3_Displaywriter_6360_6580_Product_Support_Manual_Feb1983.pdf
> Congratulations! Those are nice looking drives. The problem of course is
> they don't work with anything "standard".
> > I'd like to actually store data to these disks in the same manner the
> > original systems did, and I'm proficient in hardware/firmware. Has
> > anyone
> > made a controller for this already? How about emulating the filesystem?
> Wow. That is going to be big endeavor.... A question what is your target
> system (i.e. are you planning on implementing this on a controller
> connected to a modern system w/ USB or are you planning on a nice ISA card
> so these drives can be used on older systems?) I wish I could help you
> technically but my background is far removed from engineering... However, I
> will follow with great interest specially if you go the ISA route...
> -Ali

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