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Floppy Disk Drive

Postby Mr. Pinchy » Wed Oct 15, 2014 6:07 pm

Morning all,

The day I've dreaded has finally arrived. I woke up this morning to walk in on a dead floppy disk drive. I load a disk but don't hear that soothing hum of the disk reader clicking away.

I've made some calls re a repair, but most places had some young so and so answer, not knowing much about what I was after. I managed to get onto an older chap at an independent store who was sympathetic to my predicament but said it could cost upward to $1000 plus to repair due to difficulty in obtaining parts.

Does anyone know where I can purchase a new or refurbished 3.5 inch floppy drive?

I know there's now CDs and USBs for data storage, but dag nabbit, I just find those things irritating and downright abominable.

Have a massive catalogue of floppy disks with a whole heap of neat stuff that I cant afford to lose access to!
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Re: Floppy Disk Drive

Postby John Parker » Wed Oct 15, 2014 7:56 pm

About five or ten years ago I called a repair place about repairing our store computer's 3.5 floppy; he laughed. My best suggestion would be to try to find a source for old computers, cannibalize them for the drives, and hope for the best. Either that or try to find someone who can copy 3.5 floppies onto some newer media (but that would presuppose they had a 3.5 floppy to work with). Best of luck!
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Re: Floppy Disk Drive

Postby jww » Thu Oct 16, 2014 6:01 am

What John said.

I don't know if you'll find one, but best of luck.

Personally, I now keep most everything on portable or external media. I own a couple of WD Passports, and two MyHome externals. The Passports I carry around with me in my work bag, and the externals keep my backups (once monthly, I need to up that to weekly, but keep forgetting).

I am looking to eventually grab a 4TB MyCloud. For the moment, I am waiting to see whether they come out with a RAID variant in a larger capacity as well as improvements to their web-interface for accessing files.
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Re: Floppy Disk Drive

Postby Kyle76 » Fri Oct 17, 2014 7:18 pm

In Australia, do disk drives turn in the opposite direction?
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Re: Floppy Disk Drive

Postby ShadowsDad » Fri Oct 17, 2014 9:24 pm

I just need to ask. What operating system are you using?

When I read the subject line I thought of the 5 1/4" floppies, not the 3 1/2".

My suggestion would be to cannibalize an old computer too. If you can't find one let me know. I might have one in an old computer, if I stashed the thing in the shop. Stranger things have happened.
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Re: Floppy Disk Drive

Postby DoughBoy68 » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:45 am

I have few stashed away in a box under a computer desk. If you pay shipping I'll send you a couple so you will have a backup just in case. I will test first before shipping.

I too have some very useful info on those 3 1/2" floppies that I need to keep. I have an external USB floppy drive I use when I need to access them as the 3 computers here don't have floppy drives in them.
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Re: Floppy Disk Drive

Postby jww » Mon Oct 20, 2014 5:09 am

DoughBoy68 wrote:...I too have some very useful info on those 3 1/2" floppies that I need to keep. I have an external USB floppy drive I use when I need to access them as the 3 computers here don't have floppy drives in them.

Out of curiosity, why haven't you simply moved this data to another format such as a thumb-drive, memory card, etc.?
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