WTD: 8-inch floppy drive

Steven Hirsch snhirsch at gmail.com
Tue Mar 1 20:24:46 CST 2011

On Tue, 1 Mar 2011, Philip Pemberton wrote:

> Hi guys,
> I'm trying to track down an 8-inch floppy drive to read an Intel MDS M2FM 
> disc I've been sent for adding to the DiscFerret decoder engine. 
> Specifically: it's an ISIS boot floppy, in SS/DD format.
> Does anyone have a spare 8in drive gathering dust in a corner somewhere? 
> Based on the prices on Greed-Bay, I get the impression most of the sellers 
> have been engaging in some form of abuse of illicit substances.... I mean, 
> seriously, $700 for a Shugart 801, "untested" (which would seem to be a 
> synonym for "I know it's broken but I sure as hell won't admit it!") and 
> missing the head-amp / motor control PCB?

Keep an eagle-eye on eBay.  In the past few years I've picked up a number 
of them, including three brand-new 1/2-ht Panasonic DC units.  Not 
everyone picks usurious price-points.

They do come along now and then.


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