320kB 8” 77-track SSSD hard-sectored

The Zilog MCZ is an extremely early Z80 development system, produced by Zilog, which came out in 1976. It used twin 8-inch hard sectored floppy drives; here’s one at the Centre for Computing History:

A Zilog MCZ at the Centre For Computing History

The MCZ ran Zilog’s own operating system, Z80-RIO, and used 77 track single-sided disks, with 32 sectors (each marked by an index hole), with 132 bytes per sector — 128 bytes of user payload plus two two-byte metadata words used to construct linked lists of sectors for storing files. These stored 320kB each.

FluxEngine has read support for these, including support for RIO’s ZDOS file system.

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Examples

To read:

  • fluxengine read zilogmcz -s drive:0 -o zilogmcz.img

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