My PC XT clone went up in smoke (literally) the other day. I salvaged the half height 5.25" double density floppy drive though and dropped it into an old 1.8 ghz AMD tower I had laying around. Plan is to migrate whatever I can forward onto more modern media.
I'm able to boot off the drive (setup as A) and run DOS 3.2 successfully (as well as some self-booting old games). Since I also have a 3.5" drive B, I can move data to a slightly more common format, so basically a success.
What's odd though, is if I boot the machine off the hard drive into Windows XP I have problems with the 5.25" drive. It knows it's there. Drive B works perfectly normal. Drive A though fails with General I/O error on access around 90% of the time. On the rare occasion it works the first time after boot, it will stay working. However, most times it won't work after booting. Definitely Windows XP specific behaviour as DOS works perfect every time.
Any known issues with 360k drives with Windows XP? If not, anyone know a registry key for adding extra delay for drives that are slow to start (my only working theory currently is that this drive may be a little slower to respond than expected).