Questions tagged [floppy-drive]

Use this tag for questions about floppy drives or accessing floppy disc from historical computers. This could be from 8" down to 3.25" and other non-standard sizes.

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How to get into Apple BASIC prompt on an Apple IIc?

I just picked up a used Apple IIc. For some reason all I get when I boot is Check Disk Drive on the screen, even with a bootable disk in the internal drive: I cannot even get the system to read the ...
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How long should I expect the Apple IIc self test to run?

I purchased a vintage Apple IIc computer and I want to make sure there are no failing components. I booted up the computer while pressing both Apple keys (open and close) at the same time. The ...
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What did “double track” meaning in relation to floppy disks?

I mostly used 3½″ floppies back in the day but I also used 5¼″ floppies to some extent on Apple II's and TRS-80's. I was never exposed to 3″ floppy disks as used mainly on Amstrad microcomputers and ...
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Algorithm to properly format 360k 5.25" diskette on 1.2M drive?

This is a low level tech question, as I develop the driver for the FDC at its command set level. Having reviewed a number of sources I can not find the algorithm of how to format the 360k diskette ...
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How are blocks stacked on a floppy or older HD

I tried to understand how to read a floppy image format (.sdk). The format is based on CP/M 2.2 filesystem. I've lost track, and I think it's my third attempt. Now I am looking more into what these ...
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Could you manually eject a floppy quick enough to prevent data loss?

I have the vague recollection of "Panic Ejecting" floppy disks by lifting the latch on the drive after immediately regretting a command I had typed. At the time, I was young, impulsive, and blessed ...
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Mismatched floppy disk/drive reading and writing, what should one keep in mind?

Mismatched disk/drive refers to, for example, reading/writing a 720K disk with a 1.44M drive. Don't forget LS-120 and LS-240 SuperDisk drives, they can use standard floppies too. What can and can't ...
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Can a 1,44MB or 720K PC floppy drive be made to work with an Apple II family?

I am restoring a couple of Apple II machines. I would like to add an external 3.5" floppy drive, but they are prohibitively expensive. I have tons of older PC floppy drives and I wonder if they could ...
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Amstrad CPC6128 disc starting to fail?

I have an Amstrad CPC6128. I replaced and serviced the drive belt a few years ago, but now I am getting some disc errors. The drive is making noise but a few discs are reporting 'disc missing'. ...
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How can I read/write/format 5.25" 40-track MFM floppies on modern systems?

I've got a Fujitsu FM-7 with an external 5.25" floppy drive unit; it has a pair of 40-track, double-sided, double-density¹ drives. These use a fairly common low-level track format: the standard "IBM ...
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How much control of TRS-80 Model III disk drives was possible from its Cassette (ROM) BASIC?

How much control over the TRS-80 Model III's floppy drive controller can be effected via relatively simple commands, typed into its built-in Cassette BASIC? My understanding is that general usage of ...
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Can I use all features of a Commodore 1571 external drive from a C64?

I know that the Commodore 1571 drive works perfectly well with a C64, since the 1571 will detect it is connected to a C64, and will enter 1541 emulation mode. After which, the 1571 just behaves as a ...
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How did the Tandy 1000 select its drives?

I am trying to use some Tandy 1000 drives with a SuperCard Pro and have encountered some anomalies using them as "standard" floppy drives. It appears that with the original (or at least, working and ...
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Were single-sided floppy drives really more tolerant of rough handling?

The Osborne 1 was a luggable computer that contained a pair of 5.25-inch floppy drives. According to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Osborne_1 Adam Osborne decided to use single-sided disk drives out ...
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Bad floppy drive in T1910CS 486 laptop

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 ...
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How did IBM's “Mag Card” drive and magnetic media work?

In the 1970's IBM popularized an early word processing solution using their popular Selectric typewriter line and something called "Mag Card". This video demonstrates the system in operation. The ...
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What is the C64 disk drive “Jiffy” protocol?

There seems to be something called the "Jiffy protocol" used for some fast load systems. I know of the JiffyDOS product, which seems to require replacing ROMs in both the C64 and the drive, but it ...
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What are the most common Apple II disk image formats and what hardware disk drive emulators can use them?

Archive.org has plenty of Apple II disk images, such as this DOS 3.3 image which is a .dsk file. I also see .nib and .d13 files, e.g. in this ASIMOV LISP collection. There seem to be further formats ...
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Is there any way today to recover/dump 2M disks?

2M disks where formatted using 2MGUI to increase 3"1/2 & 5"1/4 DD/HD/ED disks' capacity. Is there any way today to recover/dump these disks to a file with modern hardware? Specially the 5"1/4 ...
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What is the floppy disk port pinout for the NEC PC-8001mkII?

I have a NEC PC-8001mkII computer (sometimes incorrectly called a "PC-8001mk2") which has a built-in disk controller for PC-8000-series double-density 5.25" drives. (The English and Japanese Wikipedia ...
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Why did the Apple IIe make a hideous noise if you inserted the disk upside down?

When I began high school in 1987 all the computers in the lab were Apple IIe desktop computers. A question has haunted me since then: if you inserted a floppy disk "upside down" the Apple IIe would ...
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Did any laptop computers have a built-in 5 1/4 inch floppy drive?

In the early era of "portable" or luggable computers, such as the mains powered Osborne 1 and the Compaq Portable, 5 1/4 inch floppy drives were the standard storage medium. When battery-powered ...
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Support for 5.25-inch floppy drives on IBM Thinkcentre 8187 KUR

I have an IBM ThinkCentre 8187KUR desktop system. It has a bay for 5.25-inch floppies but no support in the BIOS. My question is, can I put in a PCI card to support floppy drive access and run the 5....
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Absolute maximum number of nibbles on an Apple II floppy disk track?

The Apple 2's disk drive controller and 5¼" floppy disks have the following metrics: The disks is spun at (roughly) 300 RPM (Revolutions per Minute), which means it takes = 1000 ms/sec / (300 RPM / ...