USB floppy disk drive for PC

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By marcoo

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16-01-2014, 16:06

I've got een TEAC USB drive never had any problems with it writing on and reading from the drive is no problem
this drive works just fine

By AxelStone

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16-01-2014, 18:43

edoz wrote:

format a: /t:80 /n:9

Doesn't works, it gives device error :-(.

Prodatron wrote:
AxelStone wrote:

Windows XP and succesive only supports HD formating. I've Win7 and USB floppy but can't handle DD floppies :-(

That's strange. Maybe you have to format it on another system in DD/720K format. But then reading/writing on Win7 should work (I am running Windows 7 Professionel 64bit).

Yes, I can read 720Kb floppy disks but I cannot format them, even with the options /t:80 /n:9. But I want to format my disks in PC, no in MSX :-(.

By gdx

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17-01-2014, 01:25

You can use a USB drive NEC YD-8U10 (many brands selling the same model) or a Logitec LFD-31U/W. No problem. 720KB format, OK. This works on a Mac too.

Drivers for old systems :
http://www.yedata.co.jp/multi/drive/fbudl.htm
http://www.logitec.co.jp/down/soft/fdd/lfd31u.html

(to avoid writing hidden files, write-protects your FDD on recent OSX!)

By AxelStone

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17-01-2014, 17:30

gdx wrote:

You can use a USB drive NEC YD-8U10 (many brands selling the same model) or a Logitec LFD-31U/W. No problem. 720KB format, OK. This works on a Mac too.

Drivers for old systems :
http://www.yedata.co.jp/multi/drive/fbudl.htm
http://www.logitec.co.jp/down/soft/fdd/lfd31u.html

(to avoid writing hidden files, write-protects your FDD on recent OSX!)

The problem is the OS, not the drive. If you force with /t:80 /n:9 in Windows 7 console you get an error "parameters not suported".

By gdx

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19-01-2014, 02:34

AxelStone wrote:

The problem is the OS, not the drive. If you force with /t:80 /n:9 in Windows 7 console you get an error "parameters not suported".

In this cas, you can use Virtualbox.

By Retrofan

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28-01-2014, 12:12

Same problem here, no support for 720kB in Windows 7 and XP, only 1.44MB. However, the box says it does support it oO I did have a diskdrive in my older PC, but my current PC doesn't have support for 34-pin FDD connector. Other suggestions? Already tried Virtualbox and MSXForm and format /t:80 /n:9. Is there a way to convert 34-pin FDD connector to USB BTW?

By Pencioner

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24-02-2014, 02:06

even VirtualBox wouldn't help sometimes. i got a pretty cheap USD floppy and it seems that the one completely doesn't have support for other formats than 1.44MB

this is no surprise either, 'cause at other hand, when i recently looked for usual internal floppy drive, i've just collected four of them not supporting 720K anymore as well, those were NEC, TEAC, Hyundai and Mitsumi ones. Until i finally got the Sony MPF920 floppy that worked Smile

By Capitan_Goto

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24-02-2014, 10:47

Hi Louthrax...if you dont have any floppy port on the MB but any IDE free, you can get an LS-120 or LS-240 drive unit on Ebay or similar. These are high speed / high capacity floppy drives, that can use standard floppies as the extended one, the LS [Laser Servo] discs. It´s what i did some time ago to get floppy support on some pc´s at the office. Windows XP works with them without problems. I don´t know if they works so well under Windows 7, but being IDE devices, they should work.

By luppie

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24-02-2014, 10:52

I've tested a Chinese USB floppy drive (No model or part nr.) with this result:

Also tested with a Toshiba USB Diskdrive (Model : PA3109U-1FDD) with the same result.

I've tested it on Windows 7 & Windows 8.1 both were able to format 720kb disks.

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