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Anyone Know where I can get a 5" usb floppy drive?

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by W. eWatson, Jun 26, 2010.

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  1. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    See subject?
     
  2. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    http://www.deviceside.com/

    If you have a 5.25 floppy drive lying around? You can use the above
    product to read (only), the data. It does not write to the
    floppy...

    Jamie..
     
  3. Baron

    Baron Guest

    W. eWatson Inscribed thus:

    Anyone Know where I can get a 5" usb floppy drive?

    Modify a 3.5" one, just be careful to get one with a normal floppy drive
    in it, not one of those with the push in ribbon connector or the nasty
    laptop floppy drive. If you get the right type its just a matter of
    modifying an old cable or using a 5.25" to 3.5" adaptor.
    I played about with one a while back. It identified the drive correctly
    as a 1.2Mb device and worked as expected.
     
  4. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    I don't see how this would work. One cannot get a 5" disk into a space
    for 3.5", or did I miss something?
     
  5. Baron

    Baron Guest

    whit3rd Inscribed thus:
    I assumed that the OP would realise that he would need an external power
    source. I just used one of the spare HDD plugs on the desktop machine.
    Thats correct ! I didn't bother with a case since it was very much
    experimental and done just to see if it would work, which it does.
    The first "Laptop" USB floppy drive I examined had one of those slimline
    floppy drives using a thin flexible ribbon between the electronics and
    the drive. Which is why I gave the warning.
     
  6. W. eWatson

    W. eWatson Guest

    Thanks for the input, but it appears Memorex makes one. I thought I'd
    give our "local" Fry's Electronic store, 50 miles from here in
    Sacramento, a call. They have them for $40. Next time I'm down there,
    I'll see what it's about. I just realized we have a used electronics
    store down about there too. Worth a call. They sure are getting scarce.
     
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