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IBM 5170 Fixed Disk and Diskette Drive Adapter -
Cabling Information




Floppy drive  (diskette drive)

You need to use the particular cable shown at here.  The IBM controller expects it.

Click here to see a floppy drive cabling diagram.

Click here to see the difference between a floppy twisted cable and a hard drive twisted cable.



Hard drive  (fixed disk)

You have a choice between using a flat (straight-through) control cable, or a twisted control cable.


OPTION #1:  Flat (straight-through) control cable

Click here to see a hard drive cabling diagram.


OPTION #2:  Twisted control cable

Click here to see a hard drive cabling diagram.

Click here to see the difference between a floppy twisted cable and a hard drive twisted cable.

Click here to see what I call a double-twisted cable, a cable with twists at two locations. Rare, but it needs to be compensated for.