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    Default External 3.5 floppy drives.

    Obviously, external 3.5 drives can both read and write, however, I have had issues with mine before.

    For example, I can format a floppy fine through the Windows Explorer, but when I go to format and write using win image, the driver crashes, the drive always remains on trying to do something, and I have to restart my computer before I can use it again.

    I heard these drives can be finicky and unreliable, I am just wondering though, what's been your experience with these?
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    Much the same as yours...

    I mainly use them for viewing and transferring files although lately I've been using USB flash drives for that, even in DOS. I don't format disks on them. I use a tweener for that. But I've always preferred to format DOS floppies on a DOS machine as Windows can sometimes throw a wrench into that process.
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    Exactly what kind of external 3.5" floppy drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Exactly what kind of external 3.5" floppy drive?
    Excellent first question. Subsequent ones might include what interface, which OS version, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roberttx View Post
    Excellent first question. Subsequent ones might include what interface, which OS version, etc.
    "BYTEC BT-144 USB Portable Diskette Drive"

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    I have had no problems with my usb fdd in linux.
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    I've purchased at least 4 of the BYTEC units--each had a different USB floppy inside. Some good, some horrible. The Bytec units seem to use whatever's cheap and available.

    I've had decent results with the Teac FD-05PUB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I've purchased at least 4 of the BYTEC units--each had a different USB floppy inside. Some good, some horrible. The Bytec units seem to use whatever's cheap and available.

    I've had decent results with the Teac FD-05PUB.
    Mine is the Teac as well and I have no complaints with it using it on Windows 10 (except that the OS won't let you format a DD diskette).
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