1/2 height 5.25" floppy drives (was: BASF)
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Fri Sep 26 19:37:25 CDT 2008
On 26 Sep 2008 at 19:04, Teo Zenios wrote:
> I think Epson and canon did also, I know I have atleast 2 different makes of
> those combo drives.
The Teac FD-505 was the "combo" drive; an FD-05 3.5" drive
piggybacked on a FD-155 5.25" slimline drive. A 26-position
connector on the PCB of the 155 allowed the FD-05 to feed into the
regular 34-pin connector. We did a setup of about 30 units that
involved modifying the 505 for 3.5" 360 RPM operation (like a FD-
235HG tri-mode drive) and mounting it in an external drive box
connecting to the external connector on a Compaticard so that the
customer could handle 1.3MB 5.25" and 3.5" diskettes on their
Epson definitely made "combo" drives as did Matsushita. As with all
Teac drives, there are various versions of these, differing in
mechanical and electrical implementations. In particular, the button
on the 3.5" FD-05 part changed its style and location somewhat.
I believe that Epson also made a 3.5" floppy-with-CDROM unit in a
half-height size also.
You don't see many isolated FD-155 slimlines in the West, but they
weren't uncommon in Japan.
Someone had mentioned the FD-235J drive in another post. You should
be aware that there were two major versions of the PCB, the "old"
(3533 IIRC) and the "new" (3531). The big difference is that the
3531 includes several more signals on pins that are simply ground
signal returns on the "old" version. I suspect this was to enable
the 235J to operate in some of the NEC 9801 series systems.
Epson had the double drives, as did Matsushita.
I didn't care for the 5.25" implementation mostly because it used the
jacket of the 5.25" disk as a mechanical actuator when the disk was
inserted. While this works fine on a 3.5" rigid-jacket diskette, I'm
not so sure about the wisdom of doing the same with a less-rigid
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