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    Default External drive cases for 3.5" floppy drives

    Up until now, I've been using various cases, from the big IBM PS/2 drive cases to Superdisk LS120 cases, but I've still got a need for a few. Superdisk drives have been getting stupid expensive. Absent my fabbing some up from sheet metal, are there any external hard drive cases that you've successfully adapted to floppy use? (The PSU for these drives will be a simple 5V "wall wart" and a 34-conductor ribbon cable for connections). I'm looking for a maximum of about 4 cases, FWIW.

    Any recommendations?

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    Not what you want, but I've found a few 3.5" drives which are fully encapsulated as is. No exposed flywheel or electronics

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    Yeah, no--I want to mount a barrel jack for power and a strain relief for a 34 conductor ribbon cable in one. Hence the Superdisk drives.

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    have you considered 3 d printing them.... easy enough to make.
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    These ones work well:

    https://www.amazon.in/LipiWorld%C2%A.../dp/B071JBF7ZX

    You just need to drill two holes to mount the floppy a bit closer to the front and cut out the faceplate.

    The Amazon link is just an example. There are clones of these all around and very cheap.

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    I'll have a look--thanks. Otherwise, I'll spring for a few generic extruded cases.

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    Could you use an external 3.5" floppy drive for a laptop and modify the cabling?
    Crazy old guy with a basement full of Pentium 1 laptops and parts

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    Most of the laptop drives are the "slim" 1/6 height models. I'm interested in the 1/3 height (1"/2.54 cm) cases.

    But thanks for the suggestion!

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