Re: 'Frankenstein' Disk Drives, Done Cheap

From: Groepaz <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2014 23:54:40 +0200
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On Wednesday 23 April 2014, you wrote:
> I'm affraid that there's no nice/modern solution as this was already at the
> time a dead standard !
> 1) Lot of 100TPI drives were made by (for) commodore - Mechanicals are
> generally still alive, so, no real problems on this point 2) Some
> manufacturers produced shugart 100TPI drives - that "should" be compatible
> with normal controlers 3) Some of those (shugart) drives had optionally
> 96TPI or 100TPI mechanics with identical electronics 4) Finding proper 4D
> floppy disks is nearly impossible those days (2D works time to time but HD
> can't)
> Now, all depends on the goal what can be
> 1) Have a brand new 8050/SFD1001 compatible drive ==> I would say forget
> 2) Read (write) some 100TPI floppy disks in "modern" world
> ->2.1) Have a working 8050/8250(LP)/SFD1001 and a zoom floppy interface ==>
> The easiest path ? (*) ->2.2) Have a catweasel, a suitable PC, and a
> 100TPI mech/shugart interface ==> Should be possible (**)
> (*) I actually have this type on configuration available
> (**) Searching since years ... I've possibly sourced a pair of brand new
> Micropolis drives in the other side of the earth ... that might be on
> their way "home"

if you ever make that work... speak up :) i have looked for such drive for 
ages when i added support for that format to the imagetool. in theory it 
should just work, but who knows... :)


Of course, what I really want is total world domination. 
<Linus Torvalds>

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