What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

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Re: What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

Postby weldum » 2018-1-17 @ 04:23

PixelLogix wrote:So it's just ridiculous, what I'm trying to do?


If the problem is that you want to use all these weird floppies and such because of HDD space constraints, you should make use of a bigger HDD or SDD and a Disk Drive Overlay, such as EZ-Drive, to overcome Bios limitations.
I'm pretty sure there are some tutorials, but you can also ask to me in how to set-up these software.
That way you can have all the software and games on just big HDDs, and transfer them using USB adapters, or via LAN.
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Re: What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

Postby jarreboum » 2018-1-17 @ 07:35

PixelLogix wrote:So it's just ridiculous, what I'm trying to do?


No it's not. It's just not period accurate. But we're not in the period any more, so who cares. Enjoy your media however you want.

The idea of using floppies of higher density than 1.44 brings many inconveniences, as others have explained. But no one will blame you for wanting to have your installs on different separate removable media. It's perfectly sensible, even if it wasn't done like that back then.
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Re: What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

Postby Shagittarius » 2018-1-17 @ 08:08

Everyone's just trying to warn ya...

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Re: What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

Postby jheronimus » 2018-1-20 @ 14:39

Jo22 wrote:
jheronimus wrote:I heard about older USB drives being better than the devices you can still find for sale new.
I have two nearly no-name drives by Gembird and TEAC [..]

Is that a TEAC model FD-05PUB, by any chance ?


It's a Teac FD-34USB. The other drive turned out to be Gembird FLD-USB
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Re: What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

Postby Tetrium » 2018-1-22 @ 07:12

PixelLogix wrote:I was thinking about adding a floppy drive to my PC and I was wondering what drive can be installed into my PC that works with all 3.5 inch disks. I've heard that SuperDisk drives work with Standard 1.44MB and 720KB drives, but not with 2.88MB disks. What drive works with all disks?

Hi. Afaik there is no 3.5in drive that can read all 3 floppy disk types (being DD, HD and ED). I looked into this years ago and concluded that I would need 2 3.5in floppy drives to accomplish such a goal. 2.88MB drives won't read DD disks I think, but they sure will not format DD disks.
I heard about Superdisk drives that were able to read and perhaps write 2.88MB floppy disks, but afaicr I never found any.
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Re: What 3.5 inch floppy drive is works with all 3.5 inch disks?

Postby Auzner » 2018-2-02 @ 02:04

LGR did a video on benchmarking load times for playing games directly off of zip drives.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1pBhEaMp8mw&t=19m48s
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