3.5" floppy drive question(s)
ard at p850ug1.demon.co.uk
Sun Oct 12 01:51:07 CDT 2008
> Chuck Guzis wrote:
> > The first issue is to get the drive to ignore the difference between
> > 1.44MB and 720KB media
> I think drives nearly always do the detection via a microswitch, don't they?
> (It wouldn't surprise me if at least one wasn't using some kind of optical
Those full-height Sonys that I mentioned (which don't, of course, handle
HD media ) use mechanical sesnors for disk-inserted and write-protect,
which move little plastic 'flags' into slotted optoswitches. It wouldn't
suprise me if at least one HD sensor worked that way.
 The disk-inserted sensor pin lines up with the position of the 'HD
hole' so the drive thinks it has no disk if an HD one is put in. I have
been told this was deliberate, the HD media is of a higher coercivity
than the DD (altough much closer than the differnce between DD and HD
5.25" diks), so using the wrong disk may well not be reliable.
> arrangement). In the event of no jumper, cutting traces or bridging switch
> pins with solder should do the job I would have thought.
If the sensor is optical, then the same methods apply (cut a trace to
force it 'dark', short the phototransistor to force it 'light').
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