- accommodate up to TWO physical hard drives
- each hard drive could be up to 64Mb in size
- warm-boot from the hard drive (for super-fast restarts)
- bad block lockout and full error recovery
- support for up to FOUR floppy drives
- user-defined logical-to-physical drive mapping
- full and incremental backup and restore utility
- no programming required, all setup is via an intuitive visual interface
HardwareThere are two pieces of hardware needed by your system for the Winchester Connection to be used:
- For Xerox and Bigboard computers, an adaptor board that plugs into your Z-80 processor socket to provide additional I/O
in the SASI1 standard at 80H (default) is necessary.
Other systems that already contain additional I/O may not need this extender
but have to support the SASI interface. Emerald Microware's X-120 board
provided such a capability. (If more detailed schematic information becomes available, it
will be put here.)
- A Western Digital WD-1002 (or WD-1002X if you do not need floppy support) is a must. The WD-1002 has hardware connectors for two MFM-interface hard drives and a floppy drive connector. It is controlled via the SASI interface. (Both MFM hard drives and the WD-1002 are hard to find these days.)
|Package||Version||Date||Size (bytes)||Download time
|Winchester Connector package||4.7||Jan 1986||42k||16sec||winconn.lbr|
|Winchester Connection documentation||4.7||Jan 1986||84k||31sec||winconn.pdf|
|Winchester Connection package + doc||4.7||Jan 1986||87k||32sec||winconn.zip|
InstallationInstall this package as follows:
- Ensure all of your hardware is properly installed and operational. You should know the base address of your SASI interface (default for X-120 is 80H).
- Install the software package entails running NULU on your CP/M or QP/M system and extracting the files to your system to some drive/user area, likely drive A, user 0 as this is operating system area where you would want your operating system hard disk BIOS.
- Run HUTIL to set up your system per the instructions in the Winchester Connection documentation.
This is restricted for personal use software that is provided
without any warranty
whatsoever as described in the legacy Z-80 home
1SASI is a hardware and software standard that uses a bi-directional parallel interface and employs a pre-defined protocol for communication with mass storage devices (such as as hard drive controller). SASI is the natural predecessor to the SCSI interface.