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    5.5 floppy drive

    Is there a USB 5.5 external floppy drive available? I have a ton of old 5.5 disks I want to put on USB sticks. I haven't had a computer with a 5.5 drive in years. PJ

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    Re: 5.5 floppy drive

    Paul - I asked the same question here a few months ago. No such animal exists.

    So I built my own system, using a TEAC 5.25" drive, a USB interface, and some simple software; plugs into my Windows 10 laptop. Here's a photo:

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    But I'm sure Linux can do the job for you.
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    Re: 5.5 floppy drive

    I have an internal 5 inch floppy drive out of an old computer I stripped a long time ago and have been trying to figure out how to hook it up to something! I guess there isn't a USB converter to a ribbon connection. Tom, do you have a diagram for building one? PJ

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    Re: 5.5 floppy drive

    Paul.... This is the eternal connector that I bought to hook up an external hard drive from an old laptop.
    Have a look at the pinout connectors to see if it fits your drive. It does say it fits 5.25" drive. It has worked flawlessly for me.
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    Re: 5.5 floppy drive

    Thanks Elliot, I checked the drive ribbon connection and it's a 25 pin connector, I don't think it'll work. I appreciate the interest though. PJ

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    Re: 5.5 floppy drive

    Found out there's a floppy controller FC5025 that will convert it to a USB port, the power supply is extra, approx cost $80 for both! PJ

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    Re: 5.5 floppy drive

    Paul - that's the system I used. A couple caveats: the controller only works on a TEAC 360/1.2meg drive. The Windows software supplied is a bit "challenging" to use.

    Any questions, just PM me. Or if you want to ship me the disks, I could do it for you.

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