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    Quote Originally Posted by GeoffB17
    Lots of .DSK images can be found thru the web, everything from system disks to games. Easy to use with the Gotek, more of a problem if you want to get them onto a 3" disk"


    This is why I bought the micro-gotek. Typically for me I found my real boot disks the same day the gotek arrived!

    You can tell if the band has snapped/melted because you can hear the drive running roughly - a fully working drive is pretty silent.

    One thing I couldn't get working was a 3" boot floppy and the gotek as drive 1. The drives do have individual select lines that are activated when needed, I put a logic analyser on just to confirm the /MTRON, /DS0 and /DS1 lines worked as expected, but every time I just got both drives being accessed. I did find an OR-gate based circuit that was supposed to combine the S0 and MO lines on the gotek to let it work with/as a 3" boot drive but this may only work if you're planning on having 2 goteks in the PCW and I think that's a waste.
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    I found that a 2 1/4" Plastiband worked well as a ersatz belt on the CF2 drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G)
    I found that a 2 1/4" Plastiband worked well as a ersatz belt on the CF2 drive


    I'd read that, indeed one of the drives I refurbished last weekend had a little thin elastic band in it which had perished just like the other 4
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    I found that a 2 1/4" Plastiband worked well as a ersatz belt on the CF2 drive.
    Luckily I have a bin full of various belt sizes I ordered a while back, so i'm not too concerned about getting the drive working (assuming it's not already), if I need to. But, with no disks, it's not much of a concern. Haven't had a chance to open this up, a motherboard for my bad Mac 512k arrived and that machine was still on the workbench so I need to finish that up before I rip apart another machine... lest I wind up with a bunch of mix-matched screws (no matter how careful I try to be with separate screw holders). When i get this thing opened up I'll get some pics and update on what i end up doing about the drive.

    I did find the gotek mount though.

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2850367

    Speaking of drive belts, when I was looking for a gotek mount I saw someone had created this:

    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2854841

    I don't really have the right filament to do it, and i have my doubts about how well this would work anyway (nor would i even bother since belts are so easy to come by), but it's interesting..
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