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The data pin-outs are the same, assuming a reasonably “new” 5.25” drive, not an early ‘80s model. It was a common upgrade to replace the second 5.25” drive on an older machine with a 3.5” one, so you could have a choice of format depending on your needs. They were interchangeable. You might have an issue with the power though. I don’t remember seeing a 5....


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Firstly, a little bit of background information. The Gotek is designed to work with a wide number of computers, not just IBM-compatibles. The original standard for floppy drives (designed by Shugart) allowed for up to four floppy drives to be connected to one controller. The controller would indicate which drive it wanted to communicate with by activating a ...


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The connections on the 34-pin ribbon cables are identical, but the size of the connectors are different. You can get ready made cables with both 5.25 and 3.5 connectors, for example http://www.cablesonline.com/36unflopdriv.html (and of course from Ebay also). These are likely to be more reliable than trying to wire a 5.25 connector onto a 3.5-sized cable by ...


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The laptop you describe is unlikely to be able to support USB ports, for hardware reasons. But there may be an alternative solution. The first USB standard (version 1.0) was published in 1996, but didn't really gain traction in the PC market until version 1.1 was released in 1998. The PCI bus standard had been published in 1992, and by the mid 1990s it was ...


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One solution is to use a USB-to-Floppy interface adapter. One brand of these is Gotek. You can even mount it in a drive bay, perhaps in place of the original floppy drive. The computer will think it's reading a floppy disk when it's actually reading a floppy image file on a USB stick.


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The FreeDOS kernel doesn’t support USB drives on its own. When you boot from a USB drive, the CSM makes it available through the BIOS 13h services, so it appears to DOS as a “standard” drive and everything works fine. When you boot from your SATA drive, the CSM doesn’t set anything up for your USB drive (although in some cases it can be induced to do so) ...


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Windows 98 doesn't come with any drivers built-in for the USB Mass Storage class. Fortunately, there are some generic drivers available, such as from here: http://www.technical-assistance.co.uk/kb/usbmsd98.php. I found this site by searching the web for "windows 98 usb mass storage driver" - other sites are available with similar drivers. You'll need the ...


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This will work with the USB floppy drive you have mentioned, a Chuanganzhuo one, using Windows 10. You have to use a proper Double Density floppy disk, not a High Density one. I tried it with a High Density floppy disk and it gave me Parameters not supported by drive. C:\Users\J>format a: /T:80 /N:9 Insert new disk for drive A: and press ENTER when ...


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Back in the days of Windows 9x, the USB drives needed a special driver from their manufacturers (usually on small ~200 MByte format CD). But not many manufacturers provided them, limiting usable USB drives. The USB drives usually work in USB 1.1 ports too without any problems (apart the speed). Some of the newer USB drives still work with Windows 9x (usually ...


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I'd suggest moving the jumper from S0 to S1 - IBM compatibles expect drives to respond as Unit 1, not Unit 0.


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Thanks for all the support! I resolved in the following way, hoping this could help someone else with the same doubts in the future. Connectors Jumpers on Gotek Resuming: 2 HxC Gotek drives (SFRM72-TU100K) on a 16bit-based XT-clone (cpu NEC V30 at 8MHz with 640MB RAM), 720Kb each, detected as A: and B:, read/write enabled, working well on MS-DOS (all ...


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A completely different approach is to find an Ethernet card instead and use any available network resource (like a NAS or a Windows share on another host or the internet). I used 3com and xircom cards back then. You can use Win95 or a small 486 Linux distribution without too much elbow grease, and it will probably be the fastest in terms of moving data ...


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I successfully formated 720K on win10 by respecting the two conditions: only some chipsets (in the USB drive) support 720K, usually older chipsets the drive must detect the floppy as a 720K Point 2 is sometime an issue if you use 1.44 floppy disks. I only have those so I usually put a paper to hide the hole in the floppy cases indicating the 1.44 MB format....


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This is not the elegant solution you are requesting, but it will solve the problem: Buy a Tripp-Lite B042 series KVM switch. Specifications: https://assets.tripplite.com/product-pdfs/en/b042008.pdf This has two USB inputs for a keyboard and mouse, and outputs to USB or PS/2. There is an adapter that connects to the USB output connector to make it work as ...


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Get a used IBM usb Floppy drive from ebay. Tested year 2003 and 2009 version MPF82E. Both of them can read/write/format 720k disks. Works with windows 10 1803 and windows 7/xp.


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