After doing the “Got µIEC?” modification on my ragtop C-64 i got the courage to a similar modification on my A1200. This time a dual CF 2 IDE conversion to eliminate the energy absorbing, heat generating and buzzing hard disk. This HXSP-2108P enables the Amiga to have two cards acting as separate devices at once by having two physical drives available. The dual CF card is directly connected to the Amiga mainboard by using a straight 44-pin to 40-pin cable. I needed to adjust the 3.5″ power supply molex connecter a little for a snug fit.
Using some plastic plates, which have shown their use in my C64 SD mod, i created a base holder for the dual SD2IDE card. Securely measuring, cutting, beveling and grinding resulted into the base plate.
So this is going to be the setup. 4GB as boot device and 16GB as data device. As the cards are now easily externally accessible i can use any other SD card to test/install other OS without touching my base setup.
To cut out the CF gaps i used a Dremel to make the basic cut into the casing. After making this thin gap, which is a wide as the file, the task of securely filing begun. This manual labout takes some time as you need to me very precise for a clean cut result. I didn’t want to have one big gap but two small ports. It worked out pretty well.