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Ragooman
April 13th, 2010, 12:48 PM
Did someone have a hack for 8" or 5-1/4" drives using a Flash drive ?
I like to build one to troubleshoot floppy controllers without risking damage to the original drive.
There's one from Germany for about $300 but it's too big for my wallet.
http://www.ipcas.com/products/usb-floppy-emulator-fdd-to-udd.html
I'm trying to fiddle with my google search terms but nothing points to a homebrew version yet.

=Dan

lutiana
April 13th, 2010, 01:19 PM
That would be extremely useful for any older PC, and would simplify getting data moved around. Let me know if you find anything.

Chuck(G)
April 13th, 2010, 02:13 PM
Occasionally one of the Chinese ones shows up on eBay for $50 or so.

Or you can look here (http://www.torlus.com/floppy/) for another inexpensive alternative.

lutiana
April 13th, 2010, 04:16 PM
Or you can look here (http://www.torlus.com/floppy/) for another inexpensive alternative.

I cannot seem to find a place to buy this thing, so is it a build it yourself from scratch thing? Anyone have one? If so does it work work as advertised?

Ragooman
April 14th, 2010, 09:55 AM
Chuck, thanks for the link

I noticed there's the homepage for that porject on a link within that website with all the project info
http://hxc2001.free.fr/floppy_drive_emulator/index.html

=Dan Roganti

Chuck(G)
April 14th, 2010, 09:58 AM
No problem, Dan. Just be aware that these things aren't "catweasel" types of things--they're configured for a specific format or formats, but that shouldn't be an issue for most applications.