[ANN] X/ProFile -- Hard Disk Alternative for X/Lisa

From: James MacPhail <uo957_at_email.domain.hidden>
Date: Mon, 14 Nov 2005 17:44:13 -0800

Sigma Seven Systems Ltd. and Vintage Micros, Inc. announce the X/ProFile(TM)

Apple ProFile, Apple Widget, Sun20 -- these parallel port hard drives use a proprietary interface protocol to connect to historically important Apple computers, namely: Apple Lisa (aka Lisa 1), Lisa 2, Lisa 2/10 (aka Macintosh XL), Apple ][ and Apple ///.

As the original drives are now 20+ years old and new repair-parts are long unavailable, it is no wonder that the number of working units is dwindling. This style of hard drive is essential for most Lisa operating environments and the Apple /// SOS, so a solution was sought to maintain operability of these legacy computers.

We set out to develop a long-term solution to this problem, with emphasis on maximum compatibility, flexibility, and performance. The result is the X/ProFile.

The X/ProFile provides an interface between the Apple parallel interface protocol and economical, readily available, and better performing IDE storage devices.

With the X/ProFile you can:

In addition, when using the X/ProFile, a much larger drive can be used with some operating systems -- you can use up to:

To maintain collector value, when mounting the X/ProFile in an original Apple product, no irreversible modifications are required. The universal form-factor allows mounting:

Standard 40 pin IDE header and mounting holes allow easy installation of:

Compact Flash socket can be used for:

There are two main versions of the Lisa power supply, the higher capacity "DataPower" power supply is strongly recommended when any hard drive is installed internally in the Lisa, however working "DataPower" power supplies are in short supply. Compact Flash cards provide rugged and inexpensive storage, and of particular importance for those Lisa computers with the lower capacity power supply, CF cards have much low power consumption than hard drives, making internal installation of the X/ProFile practical.

X/ProFile includes:

When installing in an original Apple ProFile case, the X/ProFile Regulator (available separately) is required. In addition to providing power supply regulation, the X/ProFile Regulator facilitates mounting a hard disk beside the original power supply.

X/ProFile Regulator includes:

Depending on your choice of storage device and installation, additional items will be required, such as a Compact Flash card or an IDE hard drive and IDE cable. If you are not replacing an existing parallel port hard drive (ProFile, Widget, Sun20), you will also require an appropriate data cable.

For more information, visit the X/ProFile web page at:


The X/ProFile and X/ProFile Regulator are available separately from Vintage Micros, Inc. In addition, "Ready-to-Run" and "complete with pre-formatted hard-disk" packages are also available.

For ordering information and a list of accessories and services, contact John Woodall of Vintage Micros, Inc.: lenny15_at_email.domain.hidden


Apple, ProFile, Lisa, Mac, Macintosh, and MacWorks are registered names of, trademarks of, or trademarks licensed to Apple Computer, Inc.

X/ProFile, XLerator, and the Sigma Seven Systems Ltd. logo are trademarks of Sigma Seven Systems Ltd.

Other trademarks are of their respective holders.

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