Jun 212012

Looking at various methods of adding IDE capability to a Spectrum I came across the “simple 8 bit” interface.
I had a couple of board made up cheap and here it is in all its simple glory

The card sits in the Z80 socket and the Z80 CPU sits in a socket on the PCB, all very simple.
Its only 8 bit and has its limitations but I look forward to experimenting with it

Works very well for my very limited testing but I’m not at all familiar with Spectrum’s so will probably take a little while before I can transfer anything “commercial” over the the CF card.
If anyone know a nice easy way to transfer images on the the CF card for use with the +3e ROM’s then please let me know

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  2 Responses to “Spectrum +3e IDE board”

  1. I made one of these a long time ago, although mine is on veroboard so nowhere near as tidy as yours. Also, those cheap CF adapters weren’t around at the time so I used an old laptop drive, still managed to cram it all in the +3 case though without taking anything out.

    I never got around to transfering any software. My plan was to make a cable to connect an external 3.5″ floppy drive, use Omniflop on the PC to make up disks, and then simply copy the files on to the hard drive. Now that I have a cable that should do the job (bought from ebay), I no longer have a PC with a floppy drive interface 🙁 .

    I’d love to get one of these http://www.kryoflux.com/ , but I’m having a hard time trying to justify it to myself at the moment.

    • I’ve actually got a kryoflux but my spectrum is a +2 with 3e roms in it and has a tape drive instead of a disk drive. Still not found a decent way of transfering files over

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