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ibm8565
June 21st, 2009, 10:26 PM
My floppy drive went on my ibm ps/2 model 80...any ideas where to source one? Thanks

Raven
June 22nd, 2009, 08:47 AM
Assuming you're looking for 34-pin PS/2 floppy connector drives, I have possible access to two spare 2.88MB units that I could sell.

Are you interested? What would you pay?

Chuck(G)
June 22nd, 2009, 09:38 AM
My floppy drive went on my ibm ps/2 model 80...any ideas where to source one? Thanks

There is a lot on PS/2 floppies on this forum. One of the problems seems to be hardened or dried out lubrication. Easy enough to repair.

All in all, floppy drives are pretty basic mechanical devices and, aside from heads getting damaged, don't die all that often.

Anonymous Coward
June 22nd, 2009, 06:38 PM
I need one of these too. I have two 720kb units, and one 1.44mb unit. All non functional. I've tried lube, cleaning the track 00 sensor, cleaning the heads, changing the capacitors. There are at least four companies that made these drives. I think some are better than others. I haven't had great lucks with Alps.

Unknown_K
June 22nd, 2009, 08:37 PM
So what is killing those drives? I have a dead one from a model 80 I would like to fix. Its not dead, it lights up but it wont read disks.

Chuck(G)
June 23rd, 2009, 09:16 AM
If anyone wants to send me a bad one, I'd be happy to determine what's gone wrong.

Unknown_K
June 23rd, 2009, 12:19 PM
If anyone wants to send me a bad one, I'd be happy to determine what's gone wrong.

I can dig out the one from my model 80 and send it. Do you have a model 80 to test it on?

Chuck(G)
June 23rd, 2009, 01:07 PM
I can dig out the one from my model 80 and send it. Do you have a model 80 to test it on?

No, but I can rig up an adapter pretty easily.

Raven
June 23rd, 2009, 11:24 PM
If you're rigging up adapters I'd like a schematic for them, I'd love to get 2.88MB floppy I/O onto a non-PS/2 machine. :P

Chuck(G)
June 24th, 2009, 06:47 AM
If you're rigging up adapters I'd like a schematic for them, I'd love to get 2.88MB floppy I/O onto a non-PS/2 machine. :P

IMOHO, it's not worth it. Finding DSED floppies at a reasonable price is hard enough and the results are variable. The PS/2 drives are usually "host density select" and to attach one to a non-PS/2 system for 2.88M isn't going to be easy, since most PC drives are "media density select" (they use the extra hole in the jacket).

You'd be better off looking for a compatible floppy drive such as a Teac FD-235J for your 2.88M experiments.