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External floppy on parallel port

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Sorry for my little english, I'am Italian. I'm Extensa 600 CD's owner with external floppy with parallel port. Floppy (sorry) was fall and crash. Is there one project (somewhere) for transform one standard internal floppy in external ?
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If I understand (your English is better than my Italian) you'd like to take a standard internal floppy disk drive and use it to replace the broken one in your external drive, which you dropped on the floor.

Open up your external drive and have a look at how the drive is connected. If it is the same 34 wire (in two rows of 17 pins), then you probably can just connect a normal drive to it. The power may be connected differently, but you should be able to work it out.

You should be able to make something out of it. Good luck!

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Sorry, but parallel port have less pin than 34 !
Cioza

Buy an "External floppy port" card. This will enable you to connect the external floppy.
If this does not help, ask you question in Italian and I will attempt to translate.

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Commented:
 Getting back to the original answer, what RichRussel meant was this:  Often an external parallel port device is simply the normal internal device in a case with an adapter from the parallel port to the device.  If the external floppy drive is in a case or enclosure, then open the case/enclosure and see if there is a 'normal' floppy drive inside.  If so, then it can be replaced.  Otherwise, what is the nature of the damage to your floppy.  Possibly it can be replaced.  Often when a floppy drive is dropped, it's just a matter of putting the disk carrier back on its guides.

   Sorry about the english....

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The previous responses are correct...

The 3.5 inch drive inside of the case will, most likely be a standard make drive...

Open up the case(if the circuit board is damaged repairs should be fairly easy)look carefully at the drive mechanism..it may even have a name brand you will recognize: Teac etc.

Good Luck,
John C. Cook

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