choosing a 360k FDD
dave06a at dunfield.com
Tue Oct 9 06:41:53 CDT 2007
> So, I'm faced with a bunch of 360k floppy drives. One of them I will put
> in my main desktop machine for replicating floppies for, say, my C64,
> Kaypro, etc. What should I look for when choosing such a drive? The best
> specimen I have right now was taken from a Morrow Micro-Decision.
> According to the tag, it's a "TEC FB-503". Can someone tell me something
> about this?
I've had "not the greatest" luck with TEC drives. Out of the 4-5 I've
come across in recent years, I've had two failures. In both cases the
drive simply can no longer read - schematics and technical info. have
been non-existant. (btw, one was from a Micro-Decision, the other was
a single-sided variant of the same drive from a Nabu cable computer).
[Really annoying thing about the TEC/Nabu - the TEC drives have the
data connector on the opposite side from "most everyone else", and
the Nabu drive enclosure uses a circuit board behind the drive with
really short (ie: 2 inches) data cables - impossible to use another
drive without modification]
I've had excellent results with TEAC FD-55B for 360k drives. The
Panasonic drives have worked well for me also.
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