PCs that support only one floppy drive in hardware

Sridhar Ayengar ploopster at gmail.com
Tue Oct 11 11:03:14 CDT 2005


Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 10/11/2005 at 9:24 AM Sridhar Ayengar wrote:
> 
> 
>>How about SCSI floppy drives?
> 
> 
> The problem with SCSI floppies is essentially the same--addressing is on a sector number basis, not CHS.  So the drives have limited format recognition capabilities.  I've never seen a 5.25' SCSI floppy, though at one time SMS marketed a SCSI-to-FDC conversion board.  But that was many years ago in the early days of SCSI, so it probably wouldn't work on a modern SCSI adapter.  Perhaps the SCSI firmware in a stock Teac FD-235S could be tweaked, but the drives are pretty hard to come by.

But a DECstation 2100/3100 comes with a floppy drive hooked to a board 
with a 34-pin floppy header, and then the SCSI bus from the motherboard 
plugs into the translator board.  Could something like this be used?

Peace...  Sridhar



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