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How does MS-DOS 6 cache the DIR results?

MS-DOS 6 introduced SMARTDRV which was a proper read cache driver, and it could also be configured for write cache. So you could easily retrieve data from a floppy and then the next time it wouldn't ...
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What is this diskette drive?

This is the front of the Akhter 5.25" drive unit: and the rear: As you can see the dates and serial numbers aren't that different. July 1986 is quite early for a 3.5" drive to be attached ...
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What is this diskette drive?

Akhter was a home computer dealer, based in Harlow. The company still exists at a new address, now called Akhter Group plc (but probably not still selling BBC Micros!). They were the largest sellers ...
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How does MS-DOS 6 cache the DIR results?

Hard to answer without knowing what DOS (MS, DR, ...) in what configuration and on what machine - or emulation thereof - this observation has been made. So here just a rough overview of the general ...
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Did something like floppy disk jukeboxes for home computers exist in the 70s or 80s? Would that have been a feasible concept?

There are photos of the "JUKEBOX FIVE" 15 (3 1/2") floppy disk changer from "FIFTH GENERATION SYSTEMS" ("The Publishers of Suitcase II" font software) at reddit with ...
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Did something like floppy disk jukeboxes for home computers exist in the 70s or 80s? Would that have been a feasible concept?

I was one of those who spent a seeming stupendous amount of money to get twin floppy drives for a 1978 designed "LNW-80" (essentially a TRS-80 model 3 clone). The pair of drives cost more ...
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Did something like floppy disk jukeboxes for home computers exist in the 70s or 80s? Would that have been a feasible concept?

Many home computers in the 1970s and 1980s had two floppy disk drives Home computers had any number of drives from zero to 6 or 8, all depending on budget. Even rather restricted systems like a C64 ...
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Did something like floppy disk jukeboxes for home computers exist in the 70s or 80s? Would that have been a feasible concept?

There was a product, called I think "Juke Box 5" designed for the Macintosh, which had a hopper on the top that could hold a IIRC about 20 floppies, and was designed to be placed in front of ...
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