I've recently picked up a Toshiba T1910CS 486 laptop. It's in OK shape, with a 500MB hard drive and DOS installed. I also ordered a USB floppy disk drive and some floppy disks so that I could install software on it.
Unfortunately when I insert a disk, I just hear a constant whine and disk reads timeout. I suspect the drive is broken. I opened up the machine and getting to the drive is going to be a pretty full on disassembly.
My question is: What is the best way for me to get software onto this machine? Should I get a new floppy drive? A floppy drive emulator? Some kind of hard disk replacement?
I'm a little lost, any guidance would be much appreciated.