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Old 11 August 2020, 15:05   #1
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Big grin New A1200 trying to install an SSD

Hi all, I'm completely new to the scene and have just gotten hold of a shiny (nearly) new Amiga A1200, with WB3.0, KS3.0, and a 4Mb RAM upgrade.

I'm trying to install an MSATA SSD (120Gb) using an MSATA to IDE adapter into it and I'm following the guide by Steve Fitz ( [ Show youtube player ]).

I've partitioned the drive, formatted and installed Workbench 3.0 into a 1Gb for Workbench, and a couple 3.9Gb partitions leaving the rest of the drive untouched - PFS3AIO is used for the filesystem for all of these.

Using version of WinUAE 4.3.0, when I boot into Workbench the drive works fine and as expected... However, when I connect it to the IDE port on my real Amiga, it does nothing and sits on the Amiga insert disk screen.

If I load up Workbench 3.0 on the real Amiga the SSD doesn't get mounted at all on the Desktop and doesnt show up through HDToolBox.

I know the IDE port works as it came with a 170Gb IDE drive which boots fine.

Any ideas... suggestions would be appreciated?
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Old 11 August 2020, 18:01   #2
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Seems you've already done some research but maybe you can pick something up from more videos such as this one.
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You say you have KS3.0, newer ROMs have better support for large hard drives.
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I wouldn't trust that old video the guy sounds a bit dodgy

I didn't have much success with an IDE to SATA adapter I did try once and gave up for much the same reasons.

I bought a couple of the Kingspec IDE SSDs which seem to do the job well.

If the drive isn't detected at all by the Amiga I would say the adapter just isn't compatible.
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I was just looking at this project of replacing a CF Card with an SSD, and an IDE one looks like a good idea....
Since i use a 128gb CF card.... and i create backup images of that, could i restore an image onto the SSD, and it'll plug and play?

Reason to do this is simply for longevity, i hear CF cards weren't make for long term use, whereas an SSD should have a longer bench life.

PS.. this is on an Amiga 4000, using an Amigakit CF adapter currently...

Should i start my own thread?
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Old 13 August 2020, 11:05   #5
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Great, thanks for the advice guys... guess I'll just have to try something else

I did think I may have to upgrade to 3.1.4 to get it to work successfully so I'll probably give that a try..

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