View Full Version : Will this floppy emulator work for an 8088 XT?

February 25th, 2016, 02:17 PM
I just found my first computer, an 8088 XT with a ST-225 20MB hard drive. It has two 5.25 floppies but I have no disks. I have seen these floppy emulators on ebay for $20 or so and thought they would work great for my need. If they do work, do I have to worry about getting a 720k or 1.44MB version since XTs generally don't support the latter?
http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5-1000-Floppy-Disk-Drive-USB-emulator-Simulation-1-44MB-Roland-Keyboard-m2-/141441258737?hash=item20ee8e54f1:g:t~wAAOSwEppUQOw V

February 25th, 2016, 02:55 PM
Why not get some disks?

February 25th, 2016, 03:03 PM
Generic Gotek floppy emulator with not a lot of documentation. There are versions of this drive made for 720K use, which would work with your XT, but the standard 1.44M will not unless you replace the FDC with a more capable one.

February 27th, 2016, 10:19 AM
I don't want to install a 5.25 floppy drive in my regular home PC to transfer files, that is why I do not want to deal with disks. What are your recommendations for a good floppy emulator and a good hard drive emulator (compact flash based) for an XT?

February 27th, 2016, 10:59 AM
If you don't have a genuine Floppy Disk Controller on your motherboard, you won't be able to attach 5.25" drives without something like a Kryoflux or SuperCard Pro. (But if you do then why wouldn't you want a 5.25" floppy drive!?)

I would suggest replacing one of the XT 5.25" floppy drives with a standard 3.5" (1.44mb) floppy drive. Those will work perfectly as a 720K drive on a low-density controller.

Then obtain a USB floppy drive that supports 720k. Not all do, so you may have to hunt around a bit. I know the Bytecc ones don't. Microcenter sells a no-name that does (it even says on the box it supports 720K) I think this is the same item as they have in the store:

Then get a few 1.44mb floppy disks. For shuffling around data, they will work fine as 720k just by covering the density notch.

February 27th, 2016, 11:42 AM
Or Just use one of these 720K emulators (http://www.ebay.com/itm/US-3-5-USB-SSD-Simulation-Floppy-720K-Drive-Emulator-Plug-/391315663818?hash=item5b1c3b2bca:g:DAcAAOxyNq5SKLa x)

There's also the HxC emulators, but the one I've cited is the least trouble. You can stash 1000 floppy images on a USB stick, if it's large enough.

March 17th, 2016, 06:15 AM
You can also flash the HxC firmware onto the Gotek drive and it will emulate virtually any disk format/size you're likely to need.

It requires a little bit of soldering skill (four wires) for the flash, and an inexpensive usb to serial adapter and a license purchase, but an HxC-enabled gotek is an amazing thing.