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    Default Drive cases for external 3.5" drives

    Do these exist?

    I've got two 3.5" DD drives which I've modified to work on a couple of 8-bit machines (BBC Micro and a ZX Spectrum +3), but they're bare drives meant to mount internally, so I need some kind of enclosures for them. Searching just turns up USB floppy drives and cases meant for those slimline laptop style drives, but nothing that will take a standard size 3.5" drive.

    I know I could use a 5.25" case with 3.5" adaptor rails, and I have a couple of dead SCSI CD-ROMs I could part out, but ideally I'd like something a bit more compact.

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    I don't recall seeing any cases specifically for that purpose but there should be cases out there that would suit albeit needing modification, Or maybe if you can find a BackPack 3.5" external floppy drive ?.

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    3.5" external SCSI cases would have enough room. Fully enclosed cases for hard disks were very common, but there were also versions with a front opening intended for things like DAT and magneto-optical drives. 3.5" wide, but usually half-height rather than the third-height you'd want for a floppy drive (or the two-thirds height you'd want for a pair). Despite the slight difference, it might be a good starting point.

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    When I've had oddball-sized drives to enclose, I just used some acrylic sheet (3/16" thickness), cut it and cemented it together with the appropriate solvent cement. Paint is optional.


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