laptops and 5.25 inch floppy drives?

Chris M chrism3667 at
Mon Jan 8 15:12:21 CST 2007

> What about taking an external USB 3.5" floppy drive
> and connecting a
> 5.25" drive to the interface that is being used for
> the 3.5" drive? It
> seems like it should work.

 Maybe I didn't dismantle my usb unit (Mad-dog)
enough. I only see 4 wires. I was lead to believe most
of these things are indeed "real" floppies anyway, but
I'll have to do more inspection.

"At the expense of stating the obvious, there's always
MicroSolutions 5.25 Backpack drive, if your laptop has
a parallel
printer port.  But they're getting hard to find."

 But that's an entirely different interface (I'm
thunking). I do remember trying Teledisk or ImageDisk
w/the usb unit and it was a no-go.

"There are a number of NIB PCMCIA 3.5" floppy drives
on eBay now, generally
$10 or less. Just search for "PCMCIA Floppy Drives". I
don't know if they
can be converted for use with a 5.25" drive, though."

 Right, but again I doubt these things would even
respond to INT 10h and 27h, much less a lower level of
access. Even my piddly little hacked up utilities from
by gone days would be useless with such a unit.
Correct me if I'm wrong though.

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