Yay, now I need some Osborne boot media!
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Mon Nov 24 19:43:32 CST 2014
On 11/24/2014 03:28 PM, Jules Richardson wrote:
> How obtainable is DD 3.5" media these days? I've seen precisely *one*
> disk in the last seven years, which suggests that it's rather rare, at
> least locally. I've not searched online with an intention of buying any,
> though; I'm just surprised that it's not still relatively common in
> thruft* stores etc. in the form of used disks (after all, there were
> plenty of machines such as the Amiga using them which were still around
> into the '90s)
I just shipped about 300 Sony DSDDs today. Free for shipping. Sorry, I
don't have another batch ready to go, but if you want to *buy* NEW DSDD
3.5 media, I"m willing to talk. I've also got oodles of used DSDD 5.25"
media; some used, some new.
> More modern early-Pentium PCs which have a "full" floppy cable - even if
> they only have a 3.5" drive fitted - seem to be around still, albeit in
> small numbers; I've grabbed a few from local Freecycle lists, Facebook
> groups etc. OP may get lucky and find a suitable power adapter that way,
..or, depending on what he's using for a floppy controller, some
manufacturers routed the extra motor-control and drive-select to unused
positions on the cable so that three drives could be run on the same
DTC even had a board with a jumper enabling running the standard
"Shugart" configuration with 4 drives on the same cable. Of course,
when one drive spindle motor comes on, they *all* start spinning. Not
such a good thing for a 5150 with the wimpy PSU.
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