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« on: June 28, 2017, 04:46:25 AM »

I would love to have an HD in my Emulator II.  Today I noticed this:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/DREM-MFM-RLL-SSD-HDD-FDD-Simulator-E-Mu-Emulator-II-HD-8Gb-/302318210544?hash=item466391cdf0:g:BWIAAOSwn-tZGjHQ

Anyone tried this or know anything about it?
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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2017, 05:27:02 AM »

I heard about it.
It should work with the Emulator-II HD (based on test results I heard about), but I don't have one myself so I didn't test it yet.
You'll also need an Adaptec ACB 4000 SCSI adapter board, which is not included in the DREM package.
In practice it means you need an Emulator-II HD version (which contains the Adaptec board), not a normal Emulator-II or Emulator-II+.
If you have an Emulator-II HD it should be as simple as replacing the actual old hard disk by this DREM emulator.

I think it's an interesting device (although not cheap).
It's possible to save multiple hard disk images (DSK files) at once on the SD card, so with this device and a single SD card the EII+HD can actually have access to multiple "hard disks" (multiple DSK files on a single SD card) each containing 46 banks.
But if I understand the manual correctly, switching between DSK files must be done on a computer connected via USB to the DREM (as opposed to e.g. the HxC for floppy disks which has buttons and a display in the unit itself)


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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2017, 11:30:32 AM »

That really looks fantastic. Can anyone confirm it is working? I'm about to pull the trigger on this...
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« Reply #3 on: August 01, 2017, 01:22:42 AM »

I don't really get it...

IF you have to use a computer to switch between the different HD Images (which sucks, doesn't it?...), what's the advantage of this thing to the 'normal' hxc floppy emulator?

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« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2017, 04:10:27 AM »

Well a HD image contains 40 sound banks an HXC image just one.
Loading from HD takes 4 seconds, loading from floppy/HXC 30seconds.

But it seems so that no one tested this drive.
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« Reply #5 on: August 01, 2017, 07:52:37 AM »

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But it seems so that no one tested this drive.
Actually I know someone who is using the DREM in his Emulator-II HD.
He helped the engineer in making the DREM compatible with the Emulator-II/Adaptec ACB-4000 controller.
I'll ask him if he's willing to put a testimonial on this forum.

As Wolfram says, the DREM can at least behave as a normal hard disk replacement, allowing for fast access to more than 40 banks without the need for a computer connected to the DREM. So from that perspective it's a great (but expensive) solution for people owning an Emulator-II HD with a failing hard drive.

But personally I agree with Elmbeatz that it's a shame you need a computer to swap between different HD images. If the DREM would have some navigation buttons and a display (like the HxC does), it would give instant access to thousands of sound banks instead of "just" 46 sound banks.

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« Reply #6 on: August 01, 2017, 10:34:42 AM »

It's a waste of resources, but I might be ending up having 20 SD cards which would be nearly 1.000 banks. I bet you can get 32MB cards for free nowadays if you keep looking.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2017, 03:58:41 AM »

I got it now.
This is cool in theory.

But I  think you'll have to be pretty well organized to archive and handle 20 sd cards to find the bank you're looking for.
I guess in the end it's more of a hassle than having just one sd card with all the banks on and let 30 seconds be 30 seconds  Smiley

But - it all depends on how you organize and structure your "sd-card library", I guess.
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« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2017, 08:59:48 AM »

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But it seems so that no one tested this drive.
Actually I know someone who is using the DREM in his Emulator-II HD.
He helped the engineer in making the DREM compatible with the Emulator-II/Adaptec ACB-4000 controller.
I'll ask him if he's willing to put a testimonial on this forum.

A testimonial would be highly appreciated. I'd love to finally have a "silent" EII with a working HD interface
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